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Self-Advocacy Skills

This workshop will build on and extends students’ learning from Introduction to Self-Advocacy. The Self-Advocacy Skills workshop is designed to extend students’ understanding of self-advocacy, how self-advocacy relates to personal recovery and the key principles that guide self-advocacy decisions and actions. The workshop draws on a framework for analysing self-advocacy situations and approaches to planning, finding supports and accessing resources. Students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to relevant situations in a supportive environment.

As a result of participating in this workshop, students will be better able to:

  • Explain core self-advocacy processes, and summarise core self-advocacy skills
  • Discuss ways in which core self-advocacy processes can increase the effectiveness of self-advocacy
  • Explain the importance of record keeping as a tool in self-advocacy, and know how to keep effective records
  • Discuss the importance of maintaining wellbeing in self-advocacy and apply this understanding
  • Identify and clarify self-advocacy issues and challenges, and the potential impacts of these issues and challenges on oneself or others
  • Clarify self-advocacy goals and outcomes
  • Employ SMART goals as a tool for planning
  • Demonstrate confidence in the art of argument by creating compelling and persuasive arguments using the four proofs: logos, pathos, ethos, mythos
  • Discuss the importance of researching for self-advocacy and apply this understanding
  • Recognise the value of contingency planning as an integral part of self-advocacy planning and decision-making
  • Conduct a cost/benefit analysis as a tool for decision-making
  • Understand and apply the Right to Supported Decision-Making in Article 12.3, UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006
  • Review one’s self-advocacy efforts, including what was learned along the way, what they would do differently, and the importance of celebrating successes

It is not a requirement to attend Introduction to Self-Advocacy before attending this workshop, however, it will help to build your understanding of 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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