Person Centered: Reimagining Planning and Partnership in Recovery

Person Centered: Reimagining Planning and Partnership in Recovery



In this two-day “roll up your sleeves” workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of this evidence based practice – including the importance of hope, autonomy, and supporting the dignity of risk. Participants can expect small group discussions with professionals from around the country, scenario-based application of concepts, and practice plan writing. This session is geared toward anyone working in behavioral health care. While the workshop is rich in content, attendees should expect a highly participatory and experiential approach to learning.


Purpose and Audience:

This workshop is designed for participants that work in a variety of roles within their organizations.  It will benefit individual participants as they explore the practice, rather than prepare them for full organizational implementation. Trainers are welcome, but the workshop is not designed as a training for trainers.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of a practitioner and a person receiving services in a person-centered planning process.
  • Distinguish between different types of plans in recovery-oriented behavioral healthcare (e.g. Person-Centered Plan, WRAP).
  • List the core components of a person-centered plan and the basic function each component serves.
  • Identify at least 2 actions to use person-centered practices within their roles at the organization where they work.


Continuing Education Credit:

11 Total CEU’s to peer professionals (e.g. MHPS, RSPS, PRS), and clinical professionals (e.g. Social Worker, LMFT, LPC)


Workshop Leaders:

Amanda Bowman, LCSW, Recovery Institute ManagerAmanda Bowman
LCSW, Recovery Institute Manager

Amanda is a social worker using her clinical field experience and her lived experience with mental health challenges to promote person-centered practices in behavioral health care. Coming from direct social work practice and administrative leadership within the public MH system, she joined Via Hope in 2014, where she now serves as Recovery Institute Manager. In this role, she oversees the development and delivery of organizational change programs, which include statewide initiatives to support the implementation of person-centered planning, peer support services, and trauma-responsive work environments. With a passion for participatory learning methods, Amanda routinely facilitates collaborative learning events both within and outside of Via Hope programs. She has called Austin home since 2000 when she moved from Louisiana to obtain a Master’s degree at UT. Outside of work, you may find Amanda with her family hiking the Barton Creek Greenbelt or enjoying live music.

Betsy Bunt, Person Centered Recovery Planning Program CoordinatorBetsy Bunt
LMSW,  Recovery Institute Trainer and Coordinator

Betsy received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Her social work experience prior to Via Hope has included inpatient mental health, hospital social work, community mental health, outpatient counseling, and eating disorder specific therapy. In April of 2014, Betsy moved from Pennsylvania to Austin and has been enjoying the warmer and sunnier weather since then. She joined the Via Hope team in June of 2016. Outside of work, Betsy is also a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor and enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her cat.





Register for the following date:

December 8 & 9th 9:30-4:30 CST both days