This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to encourage, support and promote self-advocacy. The promotion and facilitation of self-advocacy contributes to a person's self-determination, empowerment and right to make informed choices in regard to all aspects of their life. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - encouraged, supported and promoted self-advocacy when working with at least 3 people with mental health issues.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (international, national, state/territory, local) for advocacy, and how these are applied in organisations and individual practice; - history, values, central philosophies and context of advocacy and self-advocacy; - differences between negotiation, advocacy, mediation, facilitation and conciliation and the ways they are used; - self-advocacy approaches and options, including group and individual advocacy; - referral options and resources available to support self-advocacy; - barriers to self-advocacy and strategies for overcoming barriers; - social justice principles including human rights, self-determination, access and equity, and empowerment; - impacts of stigma, prejudice and discrimination, and; - organisation policy and procedures relevant to the facilitation and promotion of self-advocacy.

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