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Please see our resources for teaching the skills remotely
No. The skills are for anyone and everyone. If you feel confident in using and teaching the skills, then please share them with your clients. If your clients have severe and enduring mental health issues, you need to be a skilled practitioner.
It is possible to run a client skills group using your copy of The Decider Skills Manual. However, attending a workshop or completing the online training is very beneficial, particularly as you'll learn the all-important "style" of the teaching, get hints and tips and skills practice. You will also hear about the ongoing development and evidence base.
We advise that 2 members from each service attend a workshop. It's important that 2 clinicians facilitate a skills group. A 2nd clinician, who hasn't attended a workshop, can act as co-facilitator, and therefore also learn the "style" of The Decider during the group.
You'll get a feel for "the style" by looking at various clips on the videos page. It's important to be upbeat, positive, warm, empathic, fun-loving, confident, willing to share a little of your own experiences, and to be comfortable doing fun role plays!
Ideally, yes. We advise starting with the Distress Tolerance skills before moving on to the other skill sets. We have to learn to tolerate distress before we can learn to change how we react.
No. You can run shorter groups/workshops with fewer skills, or choose the skills you consider will be most useful to your client group.
Teach every client STOPP. This is the key skill. It leads the client on to use any of the other skills. If you are teaching clients with severe and complex mental health problems, we advise teaching all 32 skills.
Yes of course. In our experience, the skills are more effective when taught in a group as there is more of a fun factor. However, the skills can be tailored and personalised much more when taught individually.
Yes, absolutely, adapt your teaching to suit your client group. The written materials are copyrighted and cannot be changed, but we encourage you to be creative with your teaching. You know your clients and how they will learn best. You can tailor your teaching to suit them. We stipulate that you keep the same "visual" for the skills. For example, if you're teaching "STOPP", you need to keep the STOPP sign as that is what appears on The Decider.
Yes absolutely. We encourage flexibility to suit the clients you work with. Do what is best for them. Take their feedback and make changes if required.
We facilitate half day workshops for mental health clients using The Decider Life Skills. We facilitate a longer weekly course (10-12 weeks) to teach all 32 of The Decider Skills
Yes, we send them all over the world. Please visit the Order page
No. Attending the workshop enables you to teach your client group only. You are welcome to use the Introductory PowerPoint presentation in the Resources section to introduce your colleagues to the Decider.
Our Authorised Trainers are able to run workshops for professionals, or your colleagues can access the online training.
We try to run one open workshop every year - we will post updates on the Workshops and Training page (no in-person workshops currently due to the pandemic).
We, and our Authorised Trainers run in-house workshops for various organisations and NHS Trusts.
The online training is available anytime.
We have Authorised Trainers in New Zealand.
The online training is available from anywhere in the world.
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We use lots of quotes. The one that is most meaningful to The Decider and which we repeat is.....
"if you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got"
because The Decider is about taking responsibility for change and the person deciding to do things differently.