Training

Supported Decision-Making: Choice, Control and Recovery

Supported decision-making can assist a person live a more independent, dignified and meaningful life; particularly important in relation to the NDIS.


Supported decision-making can assist a person live a more independent, dignified and meaningful life. Decision-making is a skill that can be developed and practiced with support, which is particularly important in relation to the NDIS and emerging reform initiatives in NSW.

Supported decision-making (SDM) is an approach using values and principles designed to support people living with mental health and coexisting conditions to assist them exercise legal capacity and exert greater choice and control. Making day-to-day choices can build a person’s ability to make bigger decisions, while drawing on a support network.

The decisions we make are an expression of who we are – our uniqueness, our relationships with others, our achievements and hopes for the future. The process of making choices and acting on them is an important way for us to learn about ourselves, others and the world. SDM is an approach that can assist a person better achieve their aspirations and build their decision-making capabilities.

Who is this for?

Developed in recognition of the specific skills front-line workers need to effectively support people living with mental health conditions to make decisions, this course is relevant for mental health and support workers who work with a trauma-informed recovery oriented approach. It assists workers understand the functional aspects of decision-making, as experienced by people living with mental health conditions. We encourage managers and team leaders to attend this course to enhance their understanding of practice issues and to support service outcomes.

Course fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$232 $297

Completion options

Face-to-face Workshops
This qualification requires attendance at 1 full-day face-to-face training session.*

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

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrollment

Course content

  • Understand SDM and its underpinning values and principles
  • Understand SDM in the context of trauma-informed recovery oriented mental health support work and the NDIS
  • Relate SDM to legislation and key ethical issues
  • Identify factors that may influence SDM
  • Recognise the relationship between mental health,
  • cognition and decision-making processes
  • Appreciate the SDM skills and competencies relevant to your role and understand the vital role of carers
  • Apply SDM strategies, tools and resources to explore a person’s strengths, needs and preferences
  • Understand the challenges of SDM and opportunities for innovation and creativity

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