Self-Determination Series

EXPRESS YOURSELF! ASSESSING SELF-DETERMINATION IN YOUR LIFE

Determine Your Destiny

Cook. Andrea Schmook. MS.MEd. CRC. PhD. Joan Nobiling MSEd. CADC. Determine Your Destiny . and Alan Van Landschoot. MA With consultants: T Arthur MA. Harriet Lefley PhD. and Jessica A. MS. MA.UIC NRTC Self-Determination Series EXPRESS YOURSELF! ASSESSING SELF-DETERMINATION IN YOUR LIFE Prepared by Judith A. Laura Mancuso. Carol Petersen. Jonikas.

_____I decide whether to live alone or with someone else. _____I choose my own friends. It means having the resources you need to create a good life and to make responsible decisions. _____I have people in my life who respect my values and choices. and what you do. You are the person in charge of this assessment. This will help you identify life areas (such as money or relationships) where you’d like to increase your level of selfdetermination and other areas where you’re already satisfied. _____I decide how to be part of my community. transportation isn’t a problem. Read each statement and think about whether it describes your life. _____If I want to go somewhere. _____I can choose where I live. choosing where you live. Keep going until you get to a statement that isn’t true for you.What is Self-Determination? Self-determination means having the freedom to be in charge of your own life. and how you get help for any problems you might have. Put a check mark next to that statement and go on until you’ve read and thought about each one. To complete it. If it does. you’ll read a series of statements and think about whether they describe your life. The simple act of thinking about these things will increase your awareness of the presence of self-determination in your life. It also means choosing where. when. _____I control who can and can’t come into my home. _____I decide whether or not to have a boyfriend or girlfriend. skip it and go on to the next one. who you spend time with. This self-assessment is designed to help you discover how much self-determination you have in your life. .

_____I’m able to stand up for myself to get what I need. sexual or physical. _____My basic human rights are respected. _____I feel responsible for my financial future. _____I’m able to choose my medical doctor. _____I decide whether or not to work. _____I choose whether to receive treatment for mental health problems. _____I have the money I need to live the kind of life I want. _____I choose the type of help I want for mental health problems. _____I freely choose what kinds of medical treatment I get. whether it’s verbal. _____I choose where I work. _____I can deal with abuse. _____I have the final say over how I spend my money. _____I’m able to control my finances in a way that enhances my life. . _____I decide how involved I want to be in my medical treatment. _____I have people in my life who accept me for me. _____I’m able to avoid people who show prejudice toward me. _____I know how to deal with prejudice and discrimination. _____I choose what kind of work I do. _____I’m free to choose the kinds of goals I want to pursue.

I’m able to choose my psychiatrist. What’s Next? Congratulations for getting this far! It’s not easy to think about all these life areas and what they mean to you. you can ignore it. The next step is to look at the statements you checked and decide which of them really matter to you. put a second checkmark next to that item. just skip that item. Maybe your family decides that everyone should live under one roof. But if it’s not OK. Action Planning Toward Self-Determination with UIC NRTC Self-Determination Tools and Resources Now that you’ve decided what’s important. The important thing to decide is whether the area is important to you. which is an important part of selfdetermination. people make decisions together as families or larger groups. For example. Even if you stop here. if the area is important to you. But. _____I set the goals for my mental health treatment. not everything can be under your control. This may be true for you. then you should put a second check mark next to the item. _____I decide how to manage my mental health problems. Not everything you checked will be important._____If I need one. _____I decide what steps to take to recover from mental health problems. _____I decide whether or not to take psychiatric medication. Also. some people don’t want a boyfriend or girlfriend. depending on your circumstances. Perhaps you come from a culture where women don’t work outside the home. As long as this is OK with you. you might want to take the next step. In some cultures. choosing your doctor may not be possible. Maybe you’d like to spend some time thinking about what . If it’s not important. If you live in a town with only one doctor. you’ve learned a lot about yourself.

If you are reading this on-line. you might be ready to start making plans in the areas that matter to you. start by reading the Introduction.” If so. You may want to visit these websites to get information about the life areas you checked twice. we’ve listed all the items you read earlier. talk to them about how you’d like to have more choice and control over what happens in your life. simply click on the link under the item. We’ve created an action-planning guide that helps you choose. call or write to us and we’ll send you a copy. In addition.uic. completing this assessment has probably taught you some new things about yourself. Plus. remember that this is a learning process for you and those around you. remember that learning how to make good life choices doesn’t happen overnight. click on the link below to go to “This is Your Life!” Once you get there. you now know more about self-determination and what it means. It’s called “This is Your Life!” It takes you through a simple. If you decide to work on a new goal. step-by-step process of how to determine and direct your life goals.you’ve learned. Remember that you deserve to make decisions and be in control of your life.psych. and achieve life goals. If taking control of life decisions is a little scary. especially those life areas you checked twice. Otherwise. People may be surprised at this “new you.edu/uicnrtc/sdlifeplan. You might want to tell others about the assessment. Whatever you decide. Give yourself time to learn and use your new skills.pdf Some people like to look for information on the Internet. you’ll need to enter the link on your Internet browser. Or. along with related web sites. http://www. be patient with yourself. Give them time to get comfortable with your new attitude. If you don’t have access to the Internet. At the end of this booklet. That’s a basic human right for everybody! . If you’re ready to do this. set.

hud.gov/renting/ _____I decide whether or not to have a boyfriend or girlfriend.php _____I can deal with abuse.org/issues/housing/infosheets/integratedhousing. http://www. http://www. whether it’s verbal.ctaa. http://www.upennrrtc.html _____If I want to go somewhere.org/issues/IntimateRolesFS.mentalhealth.upennrrtc.bazelon.mentalhealth. sexual or physical. http://www.org/publications/allpubs/ken980048/default.mhselfhelp.pdf _____I have people in my life who respect my values and choices.org/training. transportation isn’t a problem.Web Sites With Helpful Information _____I decide whether to live alone or with someone else.asp _____I decide how to be part of my community.org/issues/issue_socialroles. http://www.org/ _____I’m able to stand up for myself to get what I need. http://www.2222asp _____I can choose where I live. http://www. htm _____I control who can and can’t come into my home. http://www. .org/publications/allpubs/SMA3716/default.

http://seniorhealth.org/pfed/fined/psa. http://www.gov/consumer/qnt/qnttreat.pa.org/ _____I’m free to choose the kinds of goals I want to pursue.php?type=doc&id=4789&cn=109 _____My basic human rights are respected.org/ca/wealth/index.org/FactSheets/PAIMI/PAIMI_Rep_Payee _4-4-04.advocacycenter.net/poc/view_doc.pueblo.about.http://mentalhelp.gov/results.dallasfed.federalreserveeducation.us/Disable/MentalRetardationServices/Servi ceSupport/003670222.com/library/prevention/bl_med_injury2. http://www.gsa. http://www.dpw. http://www.pdf _____I have the final say over how I spend my money. http://www.state.ahrq. http://www. http://www.gov/consumer/qntascii/qntdr.htm _____I decide how involved I want to be in my medical treatment.pdf _____I’m able to control my finances in a way that enhances my life.htm _____I’m able to choose my medical doctor.tpl?id1=18&startat=1&-woSECTIONSdatarq=18&--SECTIONSword=ww _____I feel responsible for my financial future.htm _____I have the money I need to live the kind of life I want.htm _____I freely choose what kinds of medical treatment I get.html . http://www.ahrq.narpa.

com/reint/employment/meaning.html _____I choose whether to receive treatment for mental health problems.pdf _____I choose the type of help I want for my mental health problems.nami. http://www.gov _____I’m able to avoid people who show prejudice toward me.mentalhealth. http://www. http://www.buffnet.edu/UICNRTC/webcast_11_16_04._____I decide whether or not to work.uic. http://www.net/mhw/36dfrecovery. http://intotem.edu/uicnrtc/seekingemployment.asp . http://www.advocacycenter.uic.org/publications//allpubs/ken980046/default. http://www.usccr. I’m able to choose my psychiatrist.org/FactSheets/PAIMI/PAIMI_INFORME D_CONSENT_4-4-4.mentalhealth. http://www.psych.com/ _____If I need one.htm _____I choose what kind of work I do.cfm?section=In_Our_Own_Voice _____I have people in my life who accept me for me.asp _____I know how to deal with prejudice and discrimination.reintegration.org/template.psych.pdf _____I choose where I work. http://www.

http://www.psych.org/selfhep/reclaim.mentalhealth.pdf _____I decide what steps to take to recover from mental health problems.mhrecovery. http://www.power2u.edu/UICNRTC/raisingissues.asp _____I decide whether or not to take psychiatric medication.org/publications/allpubs/SMA3720/foreword.html _____I set the goals for my mental health treatment. http://www.uic._____I decide how to manage my mental health problems. http://www.com/ .

and the Center for Mental Health Services.S. Ph. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position. Director The Center is supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.D.edu/uicnrtc/ Judith A. Taylor St. 2004 University of Illinois at Chicago National Research & Training Center on Psychiatric Disability 1601 W. policy. Cook. IL 60612 Phone: (312) 355-1696 FAX: (312) 355-4189 http://www.. MC .© Copyright. or views of either agency and no official endorsement should be inferred. Department of Education. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Cooperative Agreement #H133B000700). .psych. U.912 Chicago.uic.