Informed Decision Making: Train-the-Trainer

Supporting Informed Decision Making: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum

This curriculum is designed for organizational trainers to use in training with Direct Support Professionals; Frontline Supervisors; Administrators; Families; and interested others.


To assist direct support professionals, and their employers, in understanding and implementing the HCBS Settings Rule in helping people with disabilities become more autonomous, independent and directing the course of their own lives.

The purpose of this training is for participants to develop an understanding of why supporting people with disabilities to make their own choices is important, for participants to demonstrate an awareness of how their attitudes and values toward choice can enhance or suppress the decision-making capacity of those they serve, and for participants to build the skills needed to support decision making in a manner in that balances choice and risk.

Learning Objectives:

  1.   1 Understand the similarities and differences between substituted, supported, and informed decision-making.
  2.   2Increase awareness of why having choice in one’s life is vital to community living and to recognizing the civil rights of the person.
  3.   3Think practically about how a lack of choice may hurt or hinder personal growth and development.
  4.   4Think critically about the amount of knowledge a person has regarding a choice, context of the choice, and what he/she needs to know in order to make a good choice.
  5.   5Demonstrate how the skills under the NADSP competency “Participant Empowerment” apply to informed decision-making.
  6.   6Connect the ability to support choice to recognizing that person’s civil rights and personhood.
  7.   7Recognize informed decision-making as essential to person-centered support.
  8.   8Develop an understanding of what it may feel like to be ‘experience poor’.
  9.   9Learn that the opinions one brings into the relationship can be coercive or negatively impact the choices of others.
  10. 10Develop the values needed to support decision and provide ethical support.
  11. 11Come to see oneself as an advocate for the right to make choices.
  12. 12Identify resources & advanced training opportunities to enhance your ability to support informed decision making.

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