Practical Self Advocacy - Mayo

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6 weekly sessions:  starting on Thursday 20 October, running until Thursday 01 December 2016

Running from 11am - 4pm each day 

Venue: Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

In follow up to the delivery of the CPTN Course on Training, Delivery and Evaluation, along side the Training for Trainers to Deliver: Practical Self Advocacy Training Course, we are delighted to invite participants onto this course. 

What is Practical Self Advocacy?

The main goal of the course is to support you to identify the challenges that you may have and ways you can solve them so that you can create your own Good Life (whatever that means to you).

Desired Outcomes include:

· Build communication skills and self confidence

· Identify goals and design a plan to reach them

· Nurture your support network

We believe in active learning. That means you won’t be sitting and listening to someone talk at you for hours on end.  You will be invited to consider the content of the course from your own perspective, and to share your thoughts in conversation.

Course Content:

Week 1:   Who am I - Introductions and getting to know each other. Course outline examined and brief introductions shared. We will explore what Self Advocacy is and see what the expectations of each participant is

Week 2: Communication—Look at different ways people communicate, discuss what is meant by active listening.  How to get relevant information

Week 3: Self Advocacy Skills—we will discuss the skills the participant will be using to advocate for themselves eg.    listening, choice, choice, decision making and setting goals

Week 4:  Personal Action Plan—explain what is meant by an action plan and assist participants in identifying their own using the skills acquired through the course

Week 5:  Review participants plan—    discuss issues that arise.  Explore problem solving and negotiation skills.

Week 6:  Course summary— evaluation and feedback.  Discuss further training


Ann Marie Healy works as a Disability Activist  and has been a member of Mayo Centre for Independent Living for many years.  She wrote her own book in 2014 “Be Yourself” my diaries; Ann Marie herself has a disability Rheumatoid Arthritis and has lived experience of advocacy. Carmel Brady has many years experience supporting people with disabilities. She has huge interest in Advocacy and welcomes this opportunity to meet the participants on this Practical Self Advocacy course to share information, ideas and the learning.  Carmel works with Western Care and has done for many years.

Course Details:

€80 Fee: Concessions rate: €26

Location:  Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Exact Dates and Times:

Thurs 20th Oct ‘16     11am - 4pm

Thurs 27th Oct ‘16     11am - 4pm

Thurs 10th Nov ‘16    11am - 4pm

Thurs 17th Nov ‘16    11am -  4pm

Thurs 24th Nov ‘16    11am - 4pm

Thurs  1st Dec ‘16       11am - 4pm

To register online only please click here

For further information contact:   

Mayo CIL : 094 903 4980 / 0872850302 or Cathy McGrath 086 384 7440/


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