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Education and Training

Education Programs Overview

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Education is Advocacy Unlimited's primary mission. We achieve this mission through our comprehensive education programs that teach recovery and advocacy skills for persons with or in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders.

AU's education programs include:

   · Our long-standing Advocacy Education Course

   · The Recovery University certification curriculum

   · The Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program, and…

   · Self-paced Online Self-Study Courses

AU's programs are open to any Connecticut resident with, or in recovery from, mental health or co-occurring disorders and who is age 18 or older.

Advocacy Education Course

Graduates of AU's Advocacy Education Course can obtain 3 college credits at Housatonic Community College. Credit can also be counted towards the MERGE Mental Health Certificate Program should students decide to continue taking courses. Alternatively, it can count towards credit in the HCC Victim Certificate Program.  See College Credit for details and how to proceed.

This is a comprehensive classroom training course taught 1-day a week for fourteen weeks. Classes are held in Connecticut only. Applications for the Advocacy Education Course are accepted from persons in recovery with the desire and the drive to become advocates. Graduates become part of a grassroots network of trained advocates enabled to 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 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 persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders.

AU's Advocacy Education Course is offered in both English and Spanish. To learn more about the course and how to apply, see Advocacy Education Course.

Recovery University

Recovery University is an 80-hour advanced training and certification program for persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders. Upon successful completion of the course and the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services.  It is the only state sanctioned certification program for Recovery Support Specialists.

Many mental health organizations and agencies, including the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, have or are likely to be offering positions for Recovery Support Specialists. Many, if not most, of these positions require that candidates be certified graduates of the Recovery University program.

Recovery University is administered and taught by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. Originally developed, managed, and taught by Linda Lentini, AU Director of Grants and Programs, Recovery University is currently directed by Deron Drumm, AU Director of Recovery University who, along with Linda and Executive Director Dr. Karen Kangas, provides much of the teaching for this acclaimed certification program. For complete details about this program as well as application requirements and instructions, see Recovery University.

Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program

The "Super Advocate" program is an advocacy education and training curriculum designed specifically for young adults ages 18 to 25 in recovery from a mental health or co-occurring disorder. The course is comprised of 12 lessons and is held one day a week for 10 weeks.

Young adults completing the Young Adult "Super Advocate" Program enhance their own recoveries and are able to make a difference by spreading the message of recovery through advocacy to their peers. To learn more about this program and how to get involved, see Young Adult Program.

Online Self-Study Courses

Online Self-Study Courses are open to all website visitors and offered at no cost. Courses include self-advocacy and systems change training modules as well as supplemental and refresher training modules to augment AU's classroom courses. Also available are several online tutorials on recovery related topics as well as online computer training.

Visitors can, at their option, register for the online courses and after completing a course take an online exam to qualify for a Certificate of Completion.  See Online Self-Study Courses for complete info.

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