From a Counselor's perspective

These resources support counselors with concepts and tools to improve their students' decision outcomes.

What's this all about?

Conversations for Clarity

This tool guides you through a process that applies the Decision Chain. It structures your thinking to improve your decision, it provides a practical summary and useful tool that brings the concepts and value together for students and adults.

Decision Focus

The core principles of Decision Skills can be learned from the Decision Focus video series. The animated videos average about 3 minutes and are appropriate for students and adults.

Video 1 on the Decision Chain and video 2 on Decision Traps provide a solid overview of topics that are explored in more depth in the 12 videos.

DEF Decision Chain poster includes the most important questions to ask yourself.

does it work?

Decision Skills Make a Difference in Students' Lives

Students share how Decision Skills make a difference in their lives. In this video, Isabella shares how she applied the tools she learned at a summer course at Stanford to her life when she got home.

Like many motivated students, Isabella was over-scheduled and stressed out. She was able to find a solution that worked for her parents, her friends, and for herself.

Evidence-Based and Stakeholder-Approved

DEF has formal results showing Decision Skills can be taught in a way that improves subject learning and decision-making competence, which also correlates with better life outcomes.

Students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators have all shared the value they see in students learning Decision Skills.

Educators benefit from learning Decision Skills for their personal and professional use which strengthens the whole school community.

Valuable for Educators

Many teachers have shared stories of how they have used Decision Skills to improve their decision making and help friends.

Few stories are as compelling and heart-felt as the decision Carrie Brumbach and her family faced with her husband's cancer diagnosis. She and her husband, Aaron, share how DEF's decision making framework helped them face these challenges.