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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.

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