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Social Advocacy Skills

People who are recovering from mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, stress disorders and trauma often lack self-esteem and feel that they have lost their “voice.” They may have become so accustomed to living in a prolonged state of pain or fear or numbing themselves with drugs and alcohol to avoid feeling anything that they’re reluctant and unsure of how to approach life following rehab.

Acquiring Self-Advocacy Skills

With a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, or being afraid to speak up or speak out for themselves, clients often find that they can benefit from participation in the self-advocacy skills training offered at Promises Malibu Vista.

Self-advocacy is the ability to effectively convey or communicate an individual’s needs, desires, interests and rights. The self-advocacy skills training at Promises Malibu Vista gently walks clients through transitioning from feelings of helplessness to a place of self-understanding, knowledge of rights, assertive communication and effective listening. Clients also learn how to effectively negotiate and compromise with others.

Benefits of Self-Advocacy Skills

Among the areas that clients commonly need help with are often the skills included in Promises Malibu Vista’s self-advocacy groups. These include:

  • Developing an awareness of strengths, interests, preferences and limitations
  • Learning how to differentiate between wants and needs
  • Learning and practicing problem-solving skills
  • Learning how to create, set and work toward goals
  • Developing the ability to make choices based on wants, needs, interests and preferences
  • Learning how to self-regulate behavior
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Developing a sense of pride
  • Discovering one’s own creativity
  • Learning how to assume responsibility for decisions and actions
  • Developing the ability to communicate effectively through persuasion, negotiation and compromise
  • Working toward a goal of independence while still being fully cognizant of how interdependent people are
  • Developing the ability to consider multiple courses of action and learning how to anticipate the various outcomes or consequences as a result of such action
  • Developing the ability to review past decisions based on their outcomes and make current and future decisions accordingly
  • Developing persistence

Other ways that self-advocacy skills training at Promises Malibu Vista helps foster clients’ sense of themselves and their abilities include role playing, learning how to problem solve, building or rebuilding self-esteem, and encouraging positivity and a belief in self.

To learn more about Social Advocacy Skills, call 844-876-5568

Posted on July 7, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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