Every day we make hundreds of decisions. These decisions affect us, our families, our work, our future. Very few people are actually taught how to make decisions, but we are all held accountable for the decisions we make.

Vita has been teaching its Decisions process to at-risk populations in a variety of criminal justice and community settings for over forty years. These include incarcerated adults, probationers, teens, and adult basic education students. The process is based on the premise that making good decisions helps you to take charge of your life and your future. We have unique, copyrighted materials that can help anyone learn to be a more successful decision maker.

Vita’s five-point decision-making process teaches individuals to ask specific questions in order to analyze situations. It leads them through progressive levels of thinking, from the concrete to the abstract, which culminates in making a logical decision. Our process develops critical thinking skills by requiring individuals to organize thoughts, examine and challenge assumptions, and develop complex reasoning.

Activities within every point introduce the concepts and give opportunities to practice with both examples and the participant’s real situations. Through these activities participants learn to recognize the factors that tend to influence decision making and identify repetitive patterns of unsuccessful behavior. The process is used to decrease impulsivity in situations through thoughtful reflection.

The Decisions process is unique in that it integrates feelings, attitudes, and values as integral parts of decision making. Participants learn to identify elements in a situation, set goals, recognize unsuccessful patterns of behavior, and predict consequences of their choices. This reduces reactivity which leads to better decision making.

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About Vita’s Decisions Programs

We have unique, copyrighted materials that can help anyone learn to be a more successful decision maker. These include:

  • Decisions For Living for incarcerated adults
  • Decisions For Action for adults in basic education settings
  • Decisions For Change for adults on probation or parole
  • Decisions For Teens for at-risk teens

Learn about the experiences DFL tutors have had working with clients.

Listen to what teens have to say about the Decisions For Teens program