Courses and programs

Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Course

Date: Date in September 2018 TBA
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Cumberland Hospital Campus, Building 101, 5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta NSW 2124
Cost: $265 GST inclusive (payable in advance by cheque/money order or credit card).

If you are interested in attending the next Consumer Advocacy Course, please contact Marion Young to register your interest.

Contact: Marion Young
Email: marion.young@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 9840 3833

The Workshop

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The Consumer Advocacy Course consists of three consecutive days of training. This award-winning course is evaluated and regularly receives positive feedback: consumers report an increase in their confidence, and a sense that they have an enhanced understanding of advocacy and representation. Consumers are more confident at committees, and there is opportunity to resolve confusions in the field of consumer employment, volunteerism and consumer rights and responsibilities.

Who should attend

Designed for beginners seeking to take on an advocacy role, through to experienced committee members and representatives looking to refresh their advocacy skills or ‘fill in some gaps’. The Consumer Advocacy Course is restricted to consumers only, that is, people who have personal experience of living with a diagnosis of mental illness.

Course content

Day 1: Introduction and Welcome

  • Advocacy and Social Justice Principles
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Consumer Representation
  • Looking after yourself

Day 2: Mental Health Rights and Exercises

  • Committee Skills
  • Looking after yourself

Day 3: Getting Connected

  • Networking
  • Essential Knowledge and Skills for Advocacy
  • Evaluations