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Introduction to Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health


Introduction to Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health

Shared decision making is an emerging best practice in behavioral health care. It helps improve communication between service providers and people who use their services. Integrating full information and decision making tools with respectful two-way dialogue, it helps balance information about mental health conditions and treatment options with an individual’s preferences, goals, and cultural values and beliefs. Used effectively, shared decision making can make communication more productive, efficient, and empowering for both the person using services and those providing them.

This training will provide foundational information on shared decision making (SDM) in behavioral health and the role of shared decision making in promoting and supporting recovery. Participants will acquire basic shared decision making concepts and applications and learn ways to integrate shared decision making tools and approaches into clinical practice.
Specifically, training participants will:

  • Acquire foundational knowledge about shared decision making concepts and applications in behavioral health.
  • Develop appreciation of ways to use shared decision making tools and approaches in behavioral health practice.
  • Understand how shared decision making practices promote and support recovery.
  • Name and qualification of facilitator(s):
    Amanda Saake, LMSW, CPRP is a Senior Program Associate for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition for Behavioral Health, where she provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to community behavioral health providers in New York City.

    In addition to these activities, Amanda frequently presents at regional and national conferences. Her areas of training expertise include: person-centered planning, integrating health and wellness in behavioral health, overcoming institutionalization, psychiatric rehabilitation, fostering recovery-oriented practice, facilitating recovery-focused groups, cognitive behavioral techniques in group work, harm reduction theory and practice, coping, social, & living skills training, and shared decision making.

    Amanda is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. Amanda is a graduate of Marywood University (Scranton, PA) and Columbia University School of Social Work (New York, NY). Amanda has worked in a broad range of community behavioral health settings including supportive housing, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), harm reduction, LGBT youth outreach, and Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) as both a practitioner and supervisor. Amanda has been a member of the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s (CPRP) Board of Subject Matter Experts (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association) since 2013.

    In her current position, Amanda strives to build the capacity of community based providers to deliver high quality, recovery-oriented services so as to increase service access and quality so more people can achieve the promise of recovery. Amanda’s commitment to the promotion of recovery-oriented interventions is also personal and predates her professional development, stemming from her first encounter with mental health services at the age of 17.

    Marlo (Maria Lourdes) Pasion, LMSW, is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, and New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Marlo has been engaged in direct practice for ten years, which includes her previous work in California as a youth counselor at Aspiranet’s Family-focused Support Network, Bill Wilson Center’s Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter, and St. Andrew’s Residential Programs for Youth.

    In New York, Marlo has previously been a part of Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)’s Project Open and Pet & Elder Team Support, Metropolitan Hospital’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, and Safe Horizon at the Queen’s Family Justice Center. Most recently, Marlo has served as program director at The Mental Health Association’s Harlem Bay Network Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) program, following her tenure as team leader and intake coordinator.

    Her passion for learning, research, and collaboration is a guiding force to her prospective work with various PROS and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs in enhancing recovery-oriented, strengths-based services.

    Information for Social Work Continuing Education:
    This course is approved for 12 social work CE hours. Participants must arrive on time and stay for each full session in order to receive credit. All participants must submit a post-test and document their attendance via the Social Work CE sign-in and sign-out roster at each session in order to receive credit. No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

    Important Notice: The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0098.

    For questions about CE credits please contact: Bradley Jacobs, Director of The Center for Rehabilitation & Recovery at

    Date(s): Tuesday and Wednesday | October 31 and November 1, 2017.
    * Participants must commit to attending both days.
    Time: 9:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: The Coalition for Behavioral Health| 123 William Street, 19th Floor, Suite 1901 | Manhattan

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**