Education and Training
Online Courses and Tutorials
Online Self-Study Courses (with optional registration and exam)
Advocacy Unlimited is please to make these online courses available to the mental health community and persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders. Advocacy Unlimited's online self-study courses are open to all our website visitors and offered at no cost. Courses include self-advocacy and systems change training modules as well as courses that are supplemental to AU's Recovery University, a training and certification program for Recovery Support Specialists, and AU's Advocacy Education Course, our long standing and highly effective advocacy training curriculum. You can take the online self-study courses at your own pace.
Registration for these online self-study courses is not required. However, if you register, you will be able to take an online exam after you've completed a course. If you get a passing grade on the exam (70% or higher), you will receive a Certificate of Completion. This is available only to those who register.
You only need to register one time! Once you've registered, you can take any or all of AU's Online Self-Study Courses and be able to sign-in to take the course exam. Register now!
Online Tutorials (no registration, no exam)
Advocacy Unlimited's online tutorials are also open to all our website visitors and offered at no cost. Registration is not necessary, and there are no exams. Various computer training courses are included. You can take these tutorials at your own pace.
Online Self-Study Courses
- Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
A comprehensive, clearly written, and understandable overview of the Americans with Disability Act. After completing this self-study course, you will have a good understanding of the ADA and be able to answer the following questions:
• What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
• What is "discrimination" under the ADA?
• Do I have a "disability" under the ADA?
• What is "a qualified individual?"
• What may an employer ask about my medical condition?
• What is a "reasonable accommodation?"
• When can an employer discipline or fire an employee with a mental disability?
• What if an employer refuses my request for a reasonable accommodation?
· I would like to register and take this course
· I am already registered, just take me to this course
· I want to take this course without registering
· I've already taken this course, and now I want to take the exam
If you are a business, organization, or agency…
You may also be interested in the Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities tutorial below, an online ADA course for businesses.
- A Guide to Preparing and Giving Legislative Testimony
This online self-study course includes guidelines for preparing and giving legislative testimony plus two examples of actual testimony given at two public hearings. Whether you are planning to speak at a legislative hearing or just submit written testimony, this tutorial will help you deliver an effective message.
- An Introduction to Developing Cultural Competency
This course provides an introduction to the components of cultural competency. It lists characteristics of culturally competent programs and covers some of the basic aspects of cultural knowledge, awareness, sensitivity, and competence for several ethnic groups plus deaf persons (persons with a hearing disability).
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» How to Write Effective Letters to the Editor
» How to Write Effective Letters to Your Elected Officials
- Internet Basics
- Computer Tutorials from GCFLearnFree.org®
GCFLearnFree.org® offers learn at your own pace tutorials plus free instructor led online classes, all at no cost!
Learn at your own pace computer and technology training tutorials -- Topics include Internet Basics, Internet Safety, MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Even includes Career Development.
Instructor led online classes -- Computer and technology skill 3-week classes, with online instructors to guide you along the way. Registration required.
- Resiliency and Recovery E-Learning Center from Magellan Health Services
Self-paced eCourses available free of charge…
Magellan has partnered with national behavioral health experts to offer a variety of informational and educational eCourses and webinars for providers, consumers of mental health services, family members, and other interested parties. All eCourses and webinars are available free of charge. The following links open in a new browser window.
Overview and information about Magellan's eCourses
Peer Support eCourses
Resiliency and Recovery eCourses
Magellan's webinars, focusing on topics and speakers in the public sector behavioral health arena
- Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities - An online ADA course for businesses
As a business owner or operator, or someone thinking about opening a business, you may have wondered what you have to do to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This course explains how the ADA applies to businesses in ten short lessons. Putting these lessons into practice will allow you to comply with the ADA and welcome a whole new group of customers to purchase your goods, products, and services. And you may find that making your business more accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities is not as difficult as you thought.
Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities (opens in a new browser window)
You may also want to visit the complete ADA Business website (opens in a new browser window).
- Effective Letters to the Editor
This is a brief yet very helpful collection of tips for writing effective editorials or letters to the editor. Following these tips will give your point of view more credibility and a better chance of getting published…
Writing Effective Letters to the Editor (MS Word document, opens in a new browser window)
- How to Write Effective Letters to Your Elected Officials
The following websites provide helpful guidelines and tips for writing effective letters or email messages to Senators, Representatives, and other elected officials (these links open in new browser windows).
Letters to Congress
How to Write Letters to Elected Officials
How to Write Good Letters to Your Elected Officials
Helpful Hints for Communicating with Congress
A couple more tips for writing letters or email's to Congress
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