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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


Important! Before you enrol: We are required to provide our services to people who live/work/study or provide services in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) area. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check Who can attend recovery college. If your address is outside of WSLHD area but you study or provide services within the Western Sydney LHD, please ensure you respond to the relevant question on the enrolment form to explain your connection to the area.

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