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Detour Ahead: Person-Centered Contingency Planning

Wed November 28, 2018: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST


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About this Webinar:

Planning for contingencies can reduce worries by ensuring that steps are in place in case of a sudden or unexpected change. All those involved will have the satisfaction of knowing that a system is in place that outlines what needs to be done and when. For instance, in the case of a caregiver, a contingency plan helps to prepare for sudden or unexpected health issues, income/job changes etc. For a service provider this would mean preparing for clients needs such as the birth of a child with a disability, changes in health care laws, specialized resource requirements etc. Given the evolutionary nature of the contingency plan and its importance, we propose that your contingency plan be “person-centered” or “you-centered.” What does this mean? It means that as you plan, you take into consideration who you are, what is important for you, what is important to you, essentially, what is your story and what aspects of your story could help you in fulfilling your role and responsibilities as a caregiver or service provider? In this webinar, we are going to help you formulate a “person-centered” contingency plan. Through a role-play/case study we will:

  • Introduce you to “person-centered” planning.
  • Help you identify what is important to and for you.
  • Identify specific strategies that will help you develop a “person-centered” contingency plan.


Lakshmi Mahadevan has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development Education from Texas A&M University. Her areas of expertise include career assessment, post-secondary options for individuals with special needs, special education and multicultural career counseling. As Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Dr. Mahadevan has over ten years of experience in conducting face-to-face and online professional development with educators in Texas addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English Language Learners). Her other activities include program evaluation, conducting workshops and presentations, preparing newsletters, creating webcasts and special interest web materials, maintaining and supervising the design of online modules, maintaining websites, liaison with stakeholders and experts, preparing evaluation reports, and providing technical assistance.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit & Certificates 

Click the button below to request CE credit/Certificate of completion. You will be prompted to complete an evaluation for this webinar and after you do a link will be provided to access the post-test and/or certificate.


Continuing Education Credit/Certificate


  • The OneOp Military Caregiving concentration will apply for continuing education (CE) credit from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals, including: social workers, licensed professional counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.
  • A certificate of completion will also be available.
  • This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.0 clock hours.
  • For more information on CE credit go to: Continuing Education Instructions
  • For a complete list of our Military Caregiving courses for CE credit go to: Extension Online
  • Click here for Extension Online Course Instructions
  • Downloadable CE Postcard

Event Materials

Webinar Flyer (PDF Version)

Person-Centered Thinking & Planning (Educational Video)

Documenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning

Presentation Slides (PPT Version)

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