Shared Decision Making

i-THRIVE Academy Practice Development Module

The THRIVE Framework for system change (Wolpert et al., 2019) puts young people and families at the heart of decision making. It can often be a challenge to achieve shared decision making in settings as complex as services for children and young people’s mental health.

Open Talk developed a shared decision-making model in partnership with children and young people. This workshop, combining the THRIVE Framework and Open Talk, is be co-delivered with young people.  It has been designed to build on the existing skills and expertise of professionals in CAMHS, supporting them to apply shared decision making to more complex and challenging situations. This module also introduces potential tools and resources that may help facilitate shared decision making, including i-THRIVE Grids, and explore ways of measuring this.

To support sites wanting to work in a THRIVE-like way this training has been developed to address:

  • How to engage in decision making with young people and families in complex and challenging scenarios
  • What tools facilitate shared decision making, and where might they fit in the treatment process
  • The variety of decisions that can be made, by who and when
  • Understanding and exploring levels of influence within decision making
  • Using Quality Improvement approaches to embed learning of tools and techniques
  • How do we assess and monitor decision making through clinically meaningful feedback and outcomes?


Download an overview of the Shared Decision Making modules here


Led by Kate Martin, Director of Common Room.

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The i-THRIVE Academy pilot in 2017 was funded by Health Education England.