Community Mental Health Nurse - drug and alcohol service

"The Decider skills is like an internal life vest, it has given me confidence in being able to cope with whatever life may throw at me. In particular it has given me skills that I have been able to work through with my clients and pass on to my children. I have witnessed how decider skills has helped with controlling emotions and reducing stress and worry. The great thing is that it is fun and easy to learn."   PM

Consultant Psychiatrist

“As a psychiatrist, the Decider has given me more skills to teach and empower patients and families for dealing with difficult emotions. I like that they are all evidence–based, clinically intuitive, easy to remember. I have seen great results, particularly evident in patients who have done the Decider course.”    GL

Community Mental Health Nurse, Adult (secondary care) services

“The Decider Skills have been significant in increasing my confidence when managing risk. Using the skills which work in helping to tolerate emotions and not act on impulse. Service users can formulate an aid memoire which can be used by the service user, their family, friends and other professionals”.   YS

Social Worker

"As a social worker within secondary mental health services, I have had great feedback from my service users about the positive impact that the decider skills training have and continue to have on their life and functioning and management of their difficulties on a day to day basis. I have also been able to incorporate the skills into the psychosocial intervention with the service users to enable them to gain better coping strategies around negative impulsive thoughts."    SO

Occupational Therapist

“The decider life skills provides a shared language to be used within adult mental health with service users, the handbook and work sheets are helpful tools to use during intervention and provide coping skills and strategies to use during times of distress and reduce impulsive behaviours.”   RP

Prison Psychotherapist

"The Decider works very well in a Forensic setting and has had excellent feedback from both male and female groups. It is fun to deliver and the materials are clear and user friendly. It compliments more focused offence related work and is a good motivational tool for more intensive work or preparation for release where having some extra skills to cope with life and relationships makes all the difference."   SC

Forensic Clinical Psychologist

"The Decider Skills are a highly effective and essential set of core skills that could be of value to many prisoners.” (see more here)

Youth Work Leader

"There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t use The Decider Life Skills with our young people. The variety of skills showed in the handbook ensures that each person can select the skills that work for their individual needs. The trainers book is just as clearly written as the young person's handbook, which makes it really simple to teach with individuals or small groups."  EC

Lead Mental Health Nurse / Family Therapist - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

"The Decider Skills offer a fun and interactive opportunity to engage young people and their families in a DBT skills approach without the formality of “textbook” DBT . I would highly recommend them to other CAMHS teams . The Life Skills are a gift for all and I would advocate that they should be incorporated into the education curriculum within PHSE lessons."   SM

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, CAMHS

"The Decider Skills have been very useful in helping the young people and adolescents we see, who struggle with regulating their emotions. The skills are effective and memorable."  TH

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Adult Primary Care

"I regularly incorporate The Decider Life Skills into my therapy sessions.  The Decider Life Skills are simple, but very effective practical skills that can be used by everyone.  Many of my clients have reported that they have found the skills very useful and helpful in managing their difficulties."  LF


Charity for people with a learning disability

I have completed the 32 Skills and use them in my role at Les Amis in Jersey. We support adults with LD and other associated conditions, and find the simplicity of the message, the softness of the delivery aids the ability to retain the information. This is just as useful, for the staff teams dealing with emotional regulation or conflict/distress .. a fantastic addition to any organisation.     Andy M (November 2022)


High School

Thank you for such great, informative training. I have really enjoyed it and I now know that I can help my young people and help them find a better way in understanding and processing their emotions.  CS  (September 2020)


Community Mental Health Nurse

I have completed many training programmes and courses but The Decider was by far one of the most practical, useful and fun programmes I have ever completed.   JC.  (August 2020)


Occupational Therapist

"I have now completed The Decider Skills course. I thought it was a great course which was well delivered and I think it will be really effective to use with the children I work with. I particularly loved the ideas you had for various ways to ensure people understand and remember the skills and love the fun approach to teaching. I’ve felt more inspired and positive about my role since doing this course."  Beth (2022)

Studies and Outcomes

Learn More

Kintore Primary School


Gwen Robertson

Dental Clinic & The Decider




The PARC Project



This page offers a guide to teaching The Decider Skills remotely


Tara Doherty and Ruth Martin

The Decider Skills via Zoom

The Decider Skills - a review of teaching The Decider Skills remotely via Zoom during the 2020 lockdown


Mental health problems in children and young people - July 2018

1 in 10 of all children have 5-16 have a diagnosed mental health problem. 50% of all mental health problems established by age 14 and 75% by age 18.


Dr David Briggs 2019

Forensic Psychologist Feedback

Feedback from a forensic clinical psychologist


Online Training Feedback

Read feedback from some of our clients who have benefitted from the Decider programme online skills


The Decider Life Skills Feedback

Read views of some of our clients from our Life skills workshops


Feedback from service users

Read examples of the feedback we have received from those with mental health problems who have learned The Decider Skills as part of their treatment.


Guernsey Childrens' Services

CYPS staff attended one of a series of one day workshop during 2015


RCT in Guernsey Primary Schools

During the academic year 2019 - 2020 several Guernsey primary schools are implementing The Life Skills into their schools using The Life Skills Good2Go videos


Mental Health Practice Journal

The Decider Skills in Mental Health Practice journal


The Decider Information Poster

All the necessary information about The Decider on one A4 sheet !


Mental Health Nurses of the Year BJN award 2015

CBT Today magazine featured Michelle and Carol in September 2015 after they won the British Journal of Nursing's national award


ICCI 25th Anniversary Award

Michelle and Carol were awarded the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands 25th Anniversary Health Bursary award in November 2015


CIPD Human Resources Workshop

Guernsey Press article about a local workshop for human resources professionals


Scottish Patient Safety Program debate in Scottish Parliament

Maree Todd from the SNP, a former Pharmacist took part in a debate around the alternatives to medication