Supported Decision-Making

Professional Development Series


Choice, Control, Recovery

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

Supported decision-making (SDM) is an approach with a set of values & principles designed to support people living with mental health and coexisting conditions including cognitive difficulties to make important decisions, exercise legal capacity and exert greater choice and control. Making dayto-day choices can build a person's ability to make bigger decisions, while drawing on a support network of people or individuals.

SDM is different from other forms of decision making. Shared decision-making is where the person actively seeks and integrates the opinions of a support person (generally within a formal support relationship), while substitute decision-making is proxy decision-making about medical, lifestyle & financial management by trusted people, such as an appointed family member, an appointed Guardian or government officers, such as the Public Guardian and/or the NSW Trustee or Guardian.

Who is this for?

This course is for frontline mental health and disability support workers, who understand and work with a recovery oriented approach. It assists workers recognise the functional impacts on decision-making experienced by people living with mental health and coexisting conditions. We encourage managers and team leaders to attend this course to enhance their understanding of practice issues and to support service outcomes.


Professional Development Course Fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$232 $297


What others have said about this course

'The content & flow was excellent. The course will be great for those working in a supporter role.'

'Thorough - great content.'

'People whop experience mental distress face numerous challenges when making decisions, but these can be overcome.'

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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

Key Learnings

  • 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

Units of Competency

This course has no accredited units of competency.