Your role as a advocate in teaching self-advocacy skills is to assist the client in resolving his/her complaint at the lowest level, following their expressed wishes.
Steps for Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills:
Define your issues and/or complaints. You need to become clear as to what the problems and goals are, and how to achieve your goals. Know the law regarding your issues.
Write down what the problems are, and what your desired solution would be to reach your goal. Select one or two issues that you would like to work on. Write each down as a clear statement, and follow through with your options and evaluation of options, or how you would like to see them resolved. Make a list of the possible options to your problem. Discuss the Pros and Cons for each options, and select the option you feel most comfortable with. Please see: Problem Solving Training, or PTSSS The Core Teaching for more information about how to do each step.
Develop an Action Plan. We already have a good idea of what the problem is, and what we would like to accomplish. How do we need to accomplish it? Write a list of actions we can take. Break each task down into something we know we can do. This may include documenting your case by keeping a log, or making sure you have a plan B (in case you need to change your strategy to get what you want).
Putting your plan into action: You may need to deal with people who are controlling the situation. This may include parents, lawyers, or agents involved in managing our lives. We will need to meet with them, and/or make phone calls, and write letters to be clear and concise about our needs, and be prepared to share the ideas we've already written down to resolve the problem. You'll find an example of how this is done at: PTSSS Core Teaching
Document all of your efforts. Add phone calls, and other efforts to reach out to your log.
Then evaluation evaluate your work. Review what you did, how you did it, and determine if you accomplish what you had hoped to. What steps do you need to take to be successful in getting want you want? If the solution you originally selected did not work out, what will you try next? Please see: Evaluation Form
We never give up! Even if our first attempt to change something doesn't work out. We may have to stop our plan and try other strategies, such as anger management so we don't loose our cool from time to time to achieve our goal, but remember to keep trying until you've resolve your problem and got what you want.
Thus is the universe alive. All things are moral. That soul within us is a sentiment, outside of us is a law. We feel its inspirations; out there in history we can see its fatal strength. It is almighty. All nature feels its grasp. "It is in the world, and the world was made by it." It is eternal but it enacts itself in time and space. Justice is not postponed...Take what you figure you will, its exact value, nor more nor less, still returns to you. Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong redressed, in silence and certainty...If you see smoke, there must be fire. If you see a hand or limb, you know that the trunk to which it belongs is there behind.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson