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Supporting Choice and Control: skills for mental health workers

Professional Development Series

Introduction

When you support a person to make decisions, you are enabling them to live a more independent, dignified and meaningful life.

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out across the state, 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 the supported decision-making process and the problems with cognition that people living with mental health conditions often 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 within a recovery paradigm, build skills and develop approaches to support people to exercise their right to 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.

Professional Development Course Fee

MHCC Members        Non-members
$409     $498

 

 

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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.

Key learnings:

  • Recognise when a person is experiencing cognitive challenges and how this may be impacting on their decision-making capacity and achievement of recovery goals
  • Recognise the relationship between mental health, cognition and decision-making processes
  • Utilise a supported decision-making framework to explore a person’s strengths, needs and preferences in order to maximise self-determination
  • Work within the legislation and ethical boundaries
  • Work with an awareness of the impact of trauma on cognition
  • Provide support to identify recovery goals in the context of the NDIS
  • Challenge common myths about the impact of psychosocial disability and cognitive difficulty on decision-making capacity
  • Apply a structured supported decision-making process to people with diverse needs