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Introduction to Self-Advocacy

The Introduction to Self-Advocacy Workshop is designed to develop students’ understanding of self-advocacy, how self-advocacy relates to personal recovery and the key principles that guide self-advocacy decisions and actions. Students will have the opportunity to apply this learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

At the completion of the Introduction to Self-Advocacy Workshop students will understand what self-advocacy is and why it is important in their lives.  Students will draw on concepts including recovery, self-determination, health-literacy, equal rights, and self-righting to explore self-advocacy and its many applications. Students will have an increased awareness of the many aspects of communication involved in self-advocacy, and will have explored their strengths in self-advocacy.

By the end of this workshop, students will have achieved the following learning objectives:

  • Discuss what self-advocacy is and why it is important
  • Recognise that you need health literacy for self-advocacy
  • Explore why self-advocacy requires you to believe in yourself
  • Understand that you have an equal right to legal capacity under the law
  • Explore the relationship between self-directed recovery, self-determination, self-righting and self-advocacy
  • Discuss what worries you about self-advocacy
  • Identify the communication skills that are important in self-advocacy


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