Responsible Decision Making

Responsible decision-making is the ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being.

Responsible Decision-Making May Look Like:

  • Identifying problems

  • Analyzing situations

  • Solving problems

  • Evaluating

  • Reflecting

  • Ethical responsibility

Responsible Decision-Making May Sound Like:

  • How will this impact others?

  • Is it worth it?

  • Why do I want to make this choice?

  • Was this a strong choice?

  • Will this help me?


Responsible Decision Making Skill Builder 

POOCH is a process for problem-solving that can help students thoughtfully generate solutions to problems by thinking through possible options and outcomes. The steps are as follows:

  1. Identify the problem.

  2. Explore different options to solve the problem.

  3. Discuss an outcome for each option.

  4. Choose an option.

  5. Reflect on how things went.

POOCH Protocal Template
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