2019-2020 National Online Training Series: Purpose and Meaning

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Title: Supporting Purpose and Meaningin the Lives of Individuals with MH/IDD

Presenter: Michael Smull, Chair, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices


We all seek to have purpose and meaning present in our lives, but we often neglect to prioritize the development of meaning in the lives of individuals we support.  We often settle for a “pleasant life” and don’t fully explore what PERMA suggests.  Through a series of stories we explore what happens when we ignore or accidentally take meaning away; how we miss opportunities to build it; how it contributes to the lives of those who have it; and how “finding your passion leads to finding your purpose”.  We also look at dangers we need to avoid if finding purpose becomes an expectation.  

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to...

  • Demonstrate how START’s use of PERMA and person-centered thinking can be used as tools to support explorations of purpose and meaningfor individuals with MH/IDD

  • Describe rationale for helping people move from ‘service life’ to ‘community life’ and why our definition of community life must include meaning

  • List at least three (3) key considerations when promoting the identification of purpose and meaning in the life of a person with MH/IDD

  • Describe the role that culture plays with regard to purpose and meaning