This is Your Life! Creating Your Self-Directed Life Plan

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1601 W. Taylor St. MC - 912
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 355-1696
Judith A. Cook, Ph.D., Director

Resources for: People with Disabilities | General

Jessica A. Jonikas, M.A., and Judith A. Cook, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago - National Research & Training Center on Psychiatric Disability
Publication Date: 2004

Self-advocate, People with a mental illness or a psychiatric disability

14-21, 22-64, 65+

Self-regulation, Self-management, Goal-setting, Independent Living, Social Effectiveness, Social Competency, Decision-making, Self-sufficiency, Personal Responsibility, Problem Solving, Coping

Increases Use of Personal Skills, Helps Identify Personal Preferences, Promotes Choice-making

Health and Safety, Future Planning, Person-centered Planning, Self-directed Services & Supports.


This workbook can help you figure out what you want out of life and how to get there. It will help you make plans for your own life, with supports of your own choosing.

Some common goals are:

  • to make a friend,
  • to find a better place to live,
  • to get a job or a better job, or
  • to go to school.

If you have a life goal like this, use this workbook to see what you have, what you need, and what action steps to take to reach your goal. If you don’t have a life goal right now, and would like to pick one, you can get started with our tool, “Express Yourself: Assessing Self-Determination in Your Life.” To find this tool, visit our website or call us at (312) 422-8180, ext. 10. You also can use this workbook to choose a personally meaningful life goal (as described in more detail in Step 4, starting on page 25).

This workbook can help you accept that you are a WHOLE PERSON, with many ideas and goals. This is true no matter what hard times you’ve had or are still having.

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