Advocacy Skills

Fri Mar 15 2019 at 09:45 am to 04:30 pm
Homeless Link, Minories House, London, United Kingdom

Homeless Link, Minories House, London, United Kingdom

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This course will give you the practical skills needed to help clients improve self awareness, build motivation and self-esteem, break free from unhelpful behavioural patterns, and take responsibility for their actions and choices.

A mixture of training methods is used on this course. You will explore typical problems faced by professionals that work with vulnerable people, such as the tendency to attribute “blame” on to others and resistance to pro-activity. The blend of approaches is designed to ensure that you will gain insights that are of immediate, practical use in your everyday working life.

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Mental health issues and homelessness are closely linked. Working in the homelessness sector you will provide regular support to vulnerable people with a range of mental health needs. This practical course will give you the skills needed to support clients experiencing mental health issues.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for new frontline staff or experienced professionals who want to update their skills

What will you learn?

On completion of this course you will:

Be able to define mental health

Understand the spectrum of mental health problems and recognise common symptoms and behaviours

Understand the development of complex needs and know about recommended interventions

Understand the development of personality traits and the impact of traumatic life events

Know about good practice examples of client support around complex mental health needs



This course will teach you what advocacy is, how to be aware of and develop people’s own style with the legal framework in mind. It will enable you to understand when you should and should not be the person to offer advocacy, and where you should go when you are not the most appropriate person to offer advocacy support. The course encourages strong reflection and self-awareness to ensure individual styles are effective.

Who is this course for?

Managers and frontline staff from any homeless service

Staff from other sectors who have contact with vulnerable people who may require advocacy support

What will you learn?

On completion of this course you will:

Be aware of what advocacy is in a professional capacity

Understand the role you play in advocating for vulnerable people

Know when you are best placed to use advocacy skills and when it is best to use a specific advocacy service

Know what effective advocacy looks like and how to avoid ineffective advocacy

Understand your own personality style and how this can impact on effective advocacy skills

Develop assertive behaviours to strengthen your own style

Be aware of, when appropriate, how to empower vulnerable people with self-advocacy skills

Delegates will receive a copy of the presentation and a course booklet that allows people to implement self-reflection and self-awareness and links to further resources.

PriceHomeless Link Members - £105 per person

Associate member - £120 per person

Non-members - £150 per person

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Homeless LinkCharity Reg No: 1089173Company Reg No: 4313826
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Created By:
Homeless Link
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