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Decision-making in uncertainty

28 February 2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
online webinar
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It is so easy to know the theory behind a ‘good decision’ but if you (or the clients you support) have ever fretted over a decision that isn't really a decision, or a judged decision making ability on outcome rather than process, this session will provide exercises to explore decision making in practice, and offer ways of improving confidence in choices.

In terms of wellbeing, we often fret over decisions that aren't even decisions – for example before we have even applied for a job we are worrying about whether we have to move house in order to perform in it.

We waste time and energy worrying about whether to order Chinese or Indian takeout, when the truth is it doesn't really matter (at least not as much as the new job).

Sometimes we ignore all red flags that our rational mind observes because we have an emotional need to fulfil at the time.  But the key messages are:

  1. It is not often the big decisions that shape our lives, it's the little ones we make every day
  2. There is no point fretting over a decision that isn't even a decision
  3. There are some cognitive biases to watch out for when it comes to decision-making and being forewarned is forearmed 
  4. Decision-making success is best evaluated on process rather than outcome

Then when it comes to business decisions we add a further confusion where people sometimes mix up problem solving and decision-making. In the work environment, if you were to treat a decision like a problem for example asking lots of people their advice when it is really you that needs to make the call, this can reflect poorly on you. Conversely, if you treat a problem (for example we need to cut the budget as a decision so I'll fire someone) rather than consulting with the people who work with that team who might have insights on where to save instead of losing personnel - again it reflects poorly.

The pandemic has just made things worse because we can't really even predict what will happen in the future and as such we feel even more out of control with what to do or plan.

There will be practical exercises provided that can be used in your work.

A recording of this webinar will be available for everyone who registers.

Target audience

We all can do with a bit of personal development, so this is aimed at anyone who:

Wants to take some time for personal development

Would like some practical tools to add to their own practice as a potential shortcut to insight with clients

Would like some practical tools if they are developing training for corporate clients. For example those working in HR or organisations and those delivering psychometrics

This webinar will be recorded and made available as a recording for everyone who registers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise the differences between decision making and problem solving and the consequences of confusing the two.
  2. Identify biases in ones' own decision making and explore ways of addressing those
  3. Work through a series of exercises that can be used in ones' own practice either as a way to get clients to respond and thus offer insights into their thinking outside the counselling session or be able to include them as tools to help clients understand concepts when delivering to corporate teams/reflecting on psychometric findings.
  4. Identify how the pandemic may have affected decision making, and work through practical tools to help you and/or your clients.
  5. Find ways of reducing the amount of time spent agonising over decisions and be able to channel energies positively. 

Presenter: Dr Audrey Tang CPsychol

I'm a Chartered Psychologist and award-winning author with a focus on practical self improvement. I host podcast 'Retrain Your Brain for Success', and The Wellbeing Lounge on NLiveRadio, am presenter for "Psych Back to Basics" on DisruptiveTV, and resident psychologist on Channel 4's "Don't Diet Lose Weight", and The Chrissy B Show (Sky). I offer expert comment as a psychologist through TV, Radio and published media.  A member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), I speak at National and International conferences in the fields of resilience, leadership and team cohesion, am a qualified teacher (QTS), CPD accredited trainer and FIRO-B profiler.


Start: 11:00

Finish: 13:00

Non-members £96.00 (£80.00 + VAT)
Society member

£58.20 (£48.50 + VAT)

Please note:

1. Online bookings will close at 11:00 on 28 February 2022.

2. A Zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to everyone registered on the webinar day.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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