(Virtual) Workshop – Introduction To Advocacy
September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Are you interested in becoming a mental health advocate? Dive into the world of advocacy with mental health advocate, author, and speaker, Francesca Reicherter. In the “Introduction to Advocacy” Workshop, you will learn more about what it means to advocate for someone else while building the tools essential to effective advocacy. Throughout this workshop, Francesca will break down the steps to building an advocacy plan and then walk through each of the steps with you. You will leave the workshop with a step-by-step guide on how to be an advocate for someone else.
This workshop is restricted to ages 12+. For all registrants under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be submitted before attending. Each registered attendee will receive a free downloadable worksheet packet to follow along with the presentation, complete practice exercises, and keep as a resource.
Developed for PSCFL by Crystal Lilly, MS CRPS-F, Revised by Francesca Reicherter
This training workshop was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082663 from the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily
reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS
This is a 2-part interactive workshop series that will be recurring biannually. In the first workshop, participants will learn to define advocacy and be able to differentiate between self-advocacy and advocating for others. In learning how to self-advocate learners will be able to determine when they need help, support, and connection. Once the awareness for support is realized the individual will learn how to calmly, yet assertively communicate their thoughts and feelings and ask for what is needed or wanted. Individuals will also learn how to best speak up for themselves when being treated poorly.
In the second workshop, participants will learn the role of a mentor and determine mentors in their own lives. Participants will then learn the different skills that mentors use and be able to engage in practice scenarios where they can practice developing those skills in order to being mentoring others.
As a result of these 2 workshops, teens and young adults will be better prepared to identify their own needs and advocate for help and assistance with those needs as well as encourage and mentor others to do the same for themselves.