Personal Choice in Action

Professional Development Series


Negotiating the space between protect and neglect

Supporting people to make their own choices is pivotal to recovery-oriented, person-centred and re-enablement practice. Yet even seasoned professionals can find themselves caught in the tensions between consumer rights, multiple perspectives, duty of care, organisation policies and the boundaries of their role. 

This dynamic one day workshop, facilitated by experienced consumer leaders, provides workers with clarity and crucial skills for supported decision-making and cultivating consumer self-direction and self-determination. 

As today's services evolve toward self-directed models of funding, it is imperative that the workforce is prepared to support consumers  to capitalise on emerging opportunities.


Who is this for?

  • Mental health workers
  • Community service workers
  • Peer support workers
  • Any other workers who support consumers


Professional Development Course Fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$232 $297

What others have said about this course

"I now have a clear understanding of what it means to support consumers to make their own decisions, instead of reinforcing 'learned helplessness' "

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Face-to-face Workshops

This workshop 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 sessions.

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


Key Learnings

  • Develop skills for supporting self-advocacy and self-determination
  • Build alliances and understand your limits
  • Clarify the relationship between recovery and self-advocacy
  • Explore models of advocacy: "Advocating for" vs. supporting self-advocacy
  • Work within a rights based framework
  • Recovery and risk: navigating the neglect-overprotect continuum
  • Overcome barriers and challenges to self-determination

Units of Competency

This course has no accredited units of competency.


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