A one-page profile is a way to record what people appreciate about someone, what is important to them and what supporters need to know or do to enable a person to live the life that he or she wants. Based on the Essential Lifestyle Planning and person centred thinking work of Michael Smull and The Learning Community for Person Centred Practices, Helen Sanderson of Helen Sanderson Associates first created the first one-page profile for her daughter Laura at school. They are now used from birth to end of life, for people in different situations and settings. The purpose of a one-page profile is to provide a summary of person-centred information that people in the person's life can use to either get to know them quickly, or ensure that they are providing consistent support in the way that the person wants.
The use of a one-page profile has now expanded to all age groups and a variety of settings outside of education. This web-based application has been created in that spirit of learning with a purpose to share with others a simple and free way to create a one-page profile that a person can own and share with their supporters.
If you are new to Person Centred Thinking you may want to visit The Learning Community or Helen Sanderson and Associates websites to learn more about this type of thinking and planning. The following are some helpful tips and hints that have been collected from The Learning Community on how to fill out the different parts of the one-page profile.
What others like and admire about me (or simply Like and Admire) is the heading that usually starts a one-page profile. In this section the person puts down the qualities that others like about them. There are questions that a person can ask others to help them find words to describe them.
Questions to help fill in the Like and admire
- What do people thank you for?
- What have you done that you are proud of?
- What do you like best about yourself?
- What are your gifts, talents or strengths?
Important to me is another heading and it describes and lists what excites and motivates a person in their day-to-day life. There are questions that can help a person to fill in this section as well.
Questions to help you fill in the Important to
- What truly matters to you in everyday life as well as for the future?
- What drives you to DO the things that you do and HOW you do them?
- What are the things that you must avoid doing?
- What is important to you at home that should be honoured elsewhere?
- Are there things/activities/people that you can’t live without?
How best to support me is another heading and it describes how you would like to be supported or helped when doing different things in your life.
Questions to help you fill in the How best to support me
- What is helpful to you? What is not?
- What information do people need to know about or understand so they will know how to support you?
- Are there places, times or situations where specific supports are needed?
- What can people do to make the time they are spending at different places more productive? (School, work, home, etc.)