Supported Decision Making - Theory and Practice

Workshop Outline

(One day workshop, current year dates noted on Training Calendar)

Workshop Description

Under the proposed reforms for the new Mental Health Act Victoria consumers are presumed to be able to make decisions about their own treatment and are entitled to supports to do so. At the heart of supported decision-making is the idea that everyone is capable of making decisions about most areas of their lives.

But what is supported decision making, and how is it different to what we do now? This workshop will introduce supported decision making principles, practices and tools with a focus on how they can powerfully change the role of the mental health practitioner and their relationships with service users.

This workshop will explore 

  • Explore and discuss the background to supported decision making and its underpinning principles
  • Examine and reflect on a 'real life' clinical example
  • Be introduced to tools to support consumer decision-making 
  • Identify and reflect on the challenges and enablers to implementing supported decision-making

 This workshop is developed and facilitated by a consumer/clinician team and will provide participants with opportunities to explore how supported decision making can be applied in mental health settings. Supported decision making is based on the principle that people should receive whatever support they need in order to make decisions. This approach takes the focus away from individual impairments, towards removing the barriers to equality in everyday life. This workshop will use a range of teaching/learning approaches and participants will have the opportunity to learn in a supportive and reflective environment.

Workshop Benefits

Participants will be introduced to a range of tools and strategies to facilitate supported decision-making. These skills will complement existing mental health practice skill sets. Completion of the workshop may contribute to Credential for Practice Points (CPP) with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Credential for Practice Program.

Who should attend?

This workshop will suit all mental health practitioners.

Workshop Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, it is expected that the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the background to supported decision making and its underpinning principles
  • Apply the principles of supported decision-making into clinical practice
  • Use a range of aids and tools to support consumer decision-making
  • Reflect on the challenges and enablers to implementing supported decision-making


This workshop is designed for nurses of all disciplines and can be also delivered within individual workplaces if there are sufficient no of attendees.

For us to deliver this training in your workplace, there would need to be no less than 15 or more than 25 participants, you would need to provide the venue and any catering requirements and if outside the Melbourne metropolitan area your service would also incur the costs or travel and accommodation for the two facilitators.For further information on the costs of running this 2 day training program in your workplace, please contact us.

March 2015 Workshop Flyer

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