Self-Advocacy Training (SAT)

Self-Advocacy is designed to prepare individuals on how to better communicate their strengths, abilities, interest and needs when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges, or universities.Students will learn how to speak up for oneself and make their own decisions about their own lives.  Self-Advocacy training will assist students with a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Students will become more proficient in problem-solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when they need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.Benefits of participating in Self-Advocacy Training:

  • You empower yourself and others by practicing and honing self-advocacy skills. In doing so, you build a psychologically safe and inclusive environment where other people are more apt to share their ideas and flourish.
  • You take control of your own life. You set the boundaries and you make choices based on your values. You understand what matters most to you and why.
  • With your increased self-awareness, understanding of the needs of others, and knowledge of governing principles, you become better at decision making.
  • You become an effective problem solver. You know how to research the problem at hand and how to consider multiple perspectives. You know that to get to what you want, you have to present a solution in a way that is compelling to yourself and others.
You speak up for yourself and others. It’s a continual win-win!

Resources to Learn Self-Advocacy
The following resources are helpful in further learning aspects of self-advocacy.

Increase Your Self-Awareness 
Read the following article on the importance and benefits of self-awareness in all aspects of your life from Exercises to enhance your self-awareness are included. 

Identify Your Values 
Navigate your response to the world with a clear understanding of what matters to you most and why. This exercise is deceptively simple and so impactful.  

Know Your Strengths 
Collect the feedback of family and friends on what they consider to be your top strengths. Reflect on their responses and what you think to be your top strengths.  How have those strengths served you in the past and the present? How may they aid you in the future? 

Develop a Growth Mindset 
Having a growth mindset means that you believe in continual development and growth. Check out this article from Psychology Today to learn how you can further develop your growth mindset.    

Take on a Different Perspective
Fred Kofman, author of Conscious Business, shares the importance of considering someone else’s perspective in a difficult conversation and equates it to a dance in this video.

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