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.