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Program Information
Program Name: Advocacy Education Training Course
Agency Name: Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1994
Public Contact Person: Norm Kidwell
Address: 300 Russell Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Telephone #: 860-667-0460
Fax #: 860-667-2240
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Other
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $200,000-$400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula
Cost for materials? No
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Outcomes have been assessed for this program.
Program Mission Statement: "The mission of Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. is to improve the quality of life for all persons in recovery from psychiatric disabilities and co-occuring disabilities through education in self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills."
Additional Information: Education Program: Our Advocacy Education Training Course provides advocacy skills training to persons in recovery from psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disabilities. While focusing on self, systems, and legislative advocacy skills, the course also covers many other important topics and skills, such as the Advocacy Movement, the ADA, stigma, public speaking, time management, and goal setting. It is one of the most comprehensive education courses in the nation for persons in recovery. Classes are held one day each week during the 16-week semester. Class size is limited to afford plenty of individual attention. Individuals selected to participate in the Advocacy Education Training Course must make a commitment to volunteer six hours of their time each week for six months at an agency or clubhouse in their local area following their graduation. They are responsible for arranging presentations and workshops where others can attend and learn from people with expertise in pertinent topics and subjects, thereby encouraging the network to flourish. In addition, following graduation, the advocates meet every other month on a Saturday to keep up-to-date and to continue learning in support of their advocacy efforts.

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