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Teaching Self-Advocacy
Nicholas A. Roes, PhD
Course Description:

It’s understandable that treatment professionals might ask clients to abandon their own decision making process and accept the advice of someone trained in helping clients deal with the specific problems that led them to seek treatment. But this can be a very big mistake.

TEACHING SELF-ADVOCACY is designed to help counselors, social workers, and addiction professionals equip their clients for lifelong success. It offers suggestions for helping clients develop, rather than abandon, their own decision making process and their ability to advocate for themselves. This is much more supportive of long-term recovery than blind obedience to someone else’s direction.

Teaching self-advocacy helps in several ways:

  • It makes return to the problem behavior less likely. Some clients can follow instructions while in our care, but are unable to apply principles of recovery to their post-treatment life. When principles of living and self-advocacy skills are developed in clients, they internalize them. Clients who try to follow an externally imposed set of guidelines are more likely to abandon them.
  • It increases self-efficacy. Clients’ self-esteem gets healthier as they take a bigger role in their own decisions. This helps them from attributing too much of their success to the counselor, builds self-confidence, and makes clients happier.
  • It helps clients handle not only the current presenting problem, but also helps resolve future problems and achieve goals.

Goal: To reduce relapse and promote long-term recovery by training providers in teaching self-advocacy.

This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.

This course is not scheduled at this time

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