Open Talk promotes shared decision-making and person centred care in children and young people’s inpatient and community mental health services. Developed in collaboration with young people and mental health professionals, Open Talk has developed a model of decision-making, training and is collating a growing bank of resources.
The Open Talk training is co-delivered with young people with experience of using mental health services. The training moves beyond the basic principles of shared decision-making, to support professionals to build on their existing skills and explore how to involve CYP in more complex or challenging decision-making scenarios. For example, we explore decisions where there is disagreement about treatment or how to find space for choice when the decision feels very restricted, such as admission under section to an inpatient unit. Open Talk also explores how inpatient services can develop person centred approaches to ensure young people are more engaged in decisions about their treatment as well as their day-to-day lives in the unit.
The Open Talk website hosts the Open Talk model and a resource bank to share tools to support shared decision-making and person centred care.
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