At its most basic level, self-advocacy means standing up for yourself and finding your voice. Mental health consumers do not always exercise their right to do this and therefore their needs are sometimes left unmet. The decades-long movement towards recovery for all persons with mental illness has created the need for specific information for advocating for this population on a consumer-to-consumer basis. This course is based on the Self-Advocacy guides by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse and on the pioneering work of many recovery experts who are part of the Self-Advocacy movement. Consumer advocates can bring their own lived experiences with mental health service’s systems to bear on behalf of individual consumers, even advocating politically for change. The contents of this course are presented for use by both trained professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as peer advocates for consumers with serious mental health disorders.
Relias,LLC is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #18-502RA.
This activity approved for 2.50 CMC contact hours
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Importance of Self-Advocacy A. The Navigator B. Self-Advocacy: A Cornerstone of Recovery C. Why Is Self-Advocacy Essential for Mental Health Consumers? D. What is Consumer Action? E. Consumer Providers as Advocates F. Let’s Review Section 3: Learning to Advocate for Self A. The Philosophy of Empowerment B. Knowledge Is the Key C. The Internet as an Advocacy Research Tool D. National Advocacy Online E. Consumer Advocates and Legal Rights F. You Have Rights at the Federal Level G. Let’s Review H. Summary Section 4: Responding to Obstacles A. Teaching Empowering Responses to Obstacles B. Scenario: Michelle’s Meds C. Passive Response D. Aggressive Response E. Being Assertive: A Constructive Attitude F. The First Step toward Assertiveness G. Let's Practice! H. Telling Your Story I. Review Section 5: Teaching Problem-Solving Strategies A. Problem-Solving Strategies B. 1. Breaking Down the Problem C. 2. Developing a Solution D. 3.Strategic Planning E. 4. Deciding on an Action Plan F. Advanced Directives G. Let’s Review Section 6: Advocating Through Communication A. Communication Strategies to Advance Self-Advocacy B. Preparing for a Face-to-Face Meeting C. Holding a Successful Meeting D. Negotiation Skills E. Self-Advocacy on the Telephone F. Self-Advocacy in Writing G. Let’s Review Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributors D. Resources E. References
Ms. Baptista is an MFT and CPRP with 23 years of experience in mental health, 20 years of experience in training and supervision, and 17 years of experience in program management. Ms. Baptista has been instrumental in developing and conducting training specific to psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery-oriented practice. Disclosure: Marianne Baptista, MA, MFT, CPRP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Stacy Smith, LPC-S, CS-I, LCAS, NCC
Stacy A. Smith, LPC-S, LCAS, NCC, is the Adult Mental Health Team Lead at the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She has her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy and obtained her graduate degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. She has worked in the field of adult mental health since 1998 in both in-patient and community-based settings. Stacy has worked closely with the North Carolina Transitions to Community Living Initiative (TCLI) on developing plans to ensure that the systems and services available to adults in North Carolina with serious mental illness are recovery based and community focused. She has developed and facilitated trainings on TCLI, Assertive Community Treatment, Individual Placement and Support-Supported Employment, Recovery and Community Inclusion, Fidelity Measures and Quality Improvement, and Harm Reduction. Disclosure: Stacy Smith, LPC-S, CS-I, LCAS, NCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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