Training

Supported Decision-Making: Skills for mental health workers

Having autonomy over our own decisions is a key part of personhood. When you support a person to make decisions, you are enabling them to live a more independent, dignified and meaningful life.


Mental health and psychosocial support workers have an important role to play in building the capacity of people living with mental health conditions to develop goals and maximise autonomy in decision-making.

The workshop provides an understanding of decision-making processes and difficulties with cognition that many people living with mental health conditions experience that impact their day-to-day functioning. Making decisions can be hard when problems with cognition affect memory; the capacity to maintain attention; plan; problem solve; and sustain motivation and interest.

This course helps you explore supported decision-making (SDM) within a recovery paradigm, build skills and develop approaches to support people to exercise their right to exercise choice and control in their lives.

Who this course is for:

Mental health and psychosocial support workers, Managers and Team Leaders will all find this course helpful. It is relevant to anyone who works with or supports people living with mental health conditions.

All of MHCCs professional development training is available for delivery on site at your premises. Alternatively, MHCC can tailor a course to suit your specific requirements, contact us to find out more askus@mhcc.org.au

Course fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$409 $498

Completion options

Face-to-face Workshops
This workshop requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions.

Statement of Participation
A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

Course content

  • Explore the values and principles that underpin SDM in the context of a social model of disability human rights framework
  • SDM and its alignment to alignment with trauma-informed recovery-oriented practice
  • Recognise and explore the relationship between mental health, cognition and decision-making processes
  • Appreciate the factors that may influence and challenge SDM in practice
  • Communication skills to support a transition towards decision-making using principles for learning and change
  • Applying principles that support new learning and change
  • Supportive strategies – SDM practice and skills
  • Working with carers, families and support persons
  • Process, documenting and reflection

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