Initial pilot study conducted in 2013 by Vivyan and Ayres 

Aims of the pilot study

  • To explore the effectiveness of a CBT & DBT skills training group with long term mental health service users suffering with complex mental health problems.

Methodology

  • 20 clients completed the The Decider Skills group over 12 weeks in 1.5 hour sessions

  • Clients were measured on a series of clinical scales, HADs , BEST pre and post the course and the differences recorded

Outcome

  • Clinicially significant reduction in clinical scores gloabal distress, anxiety and depression.

  • 9 month follow-up measures were also taken from six participants with results indicating a promising long-term effectiveness of the Decider Skills group.

Read the full study here 

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CBT & DBT Evidence

A summary of the evidence basis for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), the psychological theory and practice that serve as the foundation for the Decider Skills.

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The Decider Skills - The Evidence

The Decider Skills - evidence for each of the skills

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The Decider Life Skills - The Evidence

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The Decider Life Skills in a primary school

The Decider Life Skills as a whole school approach at Amherst Primary School, Guernsey

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Evaluation of Upturn Young Person’s Service

University of Southampton's report into Upturn Young Person's Service 2017 using The Decider Life Skills

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Chris Phillps & Jenny Burgess, NHS Grampian 2018

NHS Grampian: The Decider Skills Pilot Group

Results from The Decider Skills pilot group held in Aberdeen

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The Decider Life Skills in Guernsey

A poster presentation providing a summary of studies 2017

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Ann Cunningham & Marion Pink 2019

Wicklow, Ireland

Summary and outcomes for The Decider Skills course in Wicklow, Ireland from January to March 2019.

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Eimear O'Sullivan & Eimear Grogan 2018

Building resilience in mental health nurses

Increasing resilience by teaching The Decider Life Skills to student mental health nurses in Ireland

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The Decider Life Skills in a secondary school

Ladies College in Guernsey implemented The Decider Life Schools as a pilot project over the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Dr James Murray

CAMHS data for The Decider Skills

Outcome data for young people who completed The Decider Skills group in 2016

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NHS Highland and Robert Gordon University 2018

Delivering The Decider Life Skills via Highland Pharmacists

A multi-perspective evaluation of specialist mental health clinical pharmacist prescribers practising within general practices in NHS Highland

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Portlaoise Poster

The Decider Skills group show evidence of a reduction in global distress, anxiety and depression

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Ayres & Vivyan

Guernsey's Mental Health Services - The Decider Life Skills Workshops

During 2016, 55 service users and 23 staff attended The Decider Life Skills half day workshop. Brief report and feedback.

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The Hub

The Hub in a Guernsey secondary school

The Hub teaches The Decider Life Skills to a target group of students

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