Advocacy Education Course
AU's Advocacy Education Course is a comprehensive classroom training course taught 1-day a week for fourteen weeks. Classes are held in Connecticut only. The course provides advocacy skills training for people in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues who are age 18 or older. Focusing on self, systems, and legislative advocacy, the course also covers many important topics such as the Consumer Movement, the ADA, stigma, public speaking, working with the media, and more. It is one of the most comprehensive education courses in the nation for persons in recovery.
AU began teaching the course in 1995. Since then, 80 courses have been taught and 567 people in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues have graduated and gone on to serve as AU Advocates in their respective communities.
Applications for the Advocacy Education Course are accepted from persons in recovery with the desire and the drive to become advocates. Through this training, Advocacy Unlimited selects and educates leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to helping themselves and others. Graduates become part of a network of trained advocates throughout Connecticut that help others in their recovery, especially by advocating for their rights and teaching them to advocate for themselves. Skills learned in the course will also be used to assist in advocating for mental health system transformation and to facilitate the participation of persons in recovery in the process.
Graduating students are strongly encouraged to become a part of the various Boards, Catchment Area Councils, and Mental Health Authority Advisory Councils. Students also learn the skills needed to participate and are urged to become involved in the legislation process, ensuring that a strong consumer voice is heard and that state legislators and policy makers become aware of the impact, either positive or negative, that proposed legislation or legislative change might have on people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues.
Advocacy Education Course students
at the Legislative Office Building
AU's Advocacy Education Course is an intensive 14 week semester. Classes are held one day each week during the semester. Course offerings are scheduled statewide throughout the year based on the number of application received. Students accepted into the course are expected to attend all 14 classroom sessions. An AU instructor conducts and leads each class, and individual topics are taught by guest speakers, each of whom are expert and experienced in the subject they are presenting. Class size is limited to afford plenty of individual attention. This course is also taught in Spanish at certain times (see www.mindlink.org/espanol).
Through this training, Advocacy Unlimited selects and educates leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to helping themselves and others. In addition to self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills, these future leaders of the mental health movement learn about the History of the Consumer Movement, the Legislative Process, Housing, ADA, Patient's Rights, Advance Directives, Public Speaking, and other skills during the 14 week semester.
There are no fees for this course. Advocacy Unlimited offers it for free. Applications can be submitted online, by mail, or fax.
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