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SYSTEMS ADVOCACY TRAINING

MARCH 12 – 14, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

204 Second Street, Albany NY 12203

Lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

These modules are approved for 12 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board.

MARCH 12, 2024:

POWER AND EMPOWERMENT

This comprehensive training seeks to demystify the multifaceted nature of power, examining it as an individual, collective, and political force that plays a pivotal role in shaping the advocacy landscape. 

By drawing on practical experience and theory – particularly in the context of poverty and women’s rights where power has been analyzed from the vantage point of subordination and discrimination – NYCPS can gain valuable insights that are directly applicable to their peer support roles.

OUTLINE OF FOUR HOUR TRAINING.

  1. Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)
    1. Importance of Power and Empowerment Training for NYCPS
    2. Overview of Learning Objectives
    3. Setting the Context: The Influence of Power in Peer Support
  2. Looking at Power (30 minutes)
    1. Defining Power and Its Dimensions
    2. Recognizing Power in Various Contexts
    3. Unpacking the Influence of Power in Advocacy
    4. Exercise: Identifying the Sources and Uses of Power (45 minutes)
    5. Guided Activity: Identifying Personal and Collective Sources of Power
    6. Discussion: How Power is Used in Advocacy
    7. Reflection on Power Dynamics in Peer Support
  3. Exercise: Feeling Power and Powerlessness (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Emotional Responses to Power
    2. Sharing Personal Experiences of Empowerment and Powerlessness
    3. Group Discussion: Navigating Emotional Responses in Peer Support
  4. Expressions of Power (30 minutes)
    1. Manifestations of Power in Different Settings
    2. Understanding Power Dynamics in Organizations
    3. Examining the Impact of Power on Relationships in Peer Support
  5. Power, Advocacy, and Conflict (45 minutes)
    1. Interplay Between Power, Advocacy, and Conflict
    2. Strategies for Navigating Conflict in Advocacy Efforts
    3. Case Studies: Real-life Examples of Power and Conflict in Advocacy
  6. Many Levels of Political Power (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Political Dimensions of Power
    2. Identifying Various Levels of Political Influence
    3. Group Activity: Mapping Political Power Structures
  7. More Thoughts on the Public and Private Angles of Political Power (30 minutes)
    1. Examining the Public and Private Dimensions of Political Power
    2. Understanding the Intersectionality of Political Power
    3. Q&A Session
  8. Analyzing and Navigating the Many Levels of Power (30 minutes)
    1. Strategies for Analyzing Power Dynamics
    2. Navigating Power in Peer Support
    3. Group Discussion: Applying Strategies in Real-world Scenarios
  9. What is Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Defining Empowerment and Its Components
    2. Recognizing the Connection Between Power and Empowerment
    3. Reflection on Personal and Collective Empowerment
  10. The Conflicts and Risks of Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Exploring Conflicts and Risks Associated with Empowerment
    2. Strategies for Mitigating Risks
    3. Group Activity: Identifying and Addressing Risks in Peer Support
  11. Empowerment Frameworks (30 minutes)
    1. Introduction to Different Empowerment Models
    2. Applying Empowerment Frameworks in Peer Support
    3. Workshop: Developing Empowerment Plans for Peer Support Practices
  12. Measuring Empowerment (30 minutes)
    1. Tools and Metrics for Assessing Empowerment
    2. Evaluating the Impact of Empowerment in Peer Support
    3. Closing Discussion: Measuring Success in Empowerment
  13. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Encouraging Continued Learning and Application
    3. Feedback and Evaluation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES.

  1. Understand power as an individual, collective, and political force in advocacy and peer support.
  2. Identify sources and uses of power through interactive exercises.
  3. Explore emotional responses to power and powerlessness in the context of peer support.
  4. Recognize manifestations of power and its impact on relationships.
  5. Understand the interplay between power, advocacy, and conflict.
  6. Explore various levels of political power and their implications.
  7. Examine the public and private dimensions of political power.
  8. Develop strategies for analyzing and navigating power dynamics in peer support.
  9. Define empowerment and its components.
  10. Explore conflicts, risks, and mitigation strategies associated with empowerment.
  11. Become familiar with different empowerment frameworks.
  12. Learn tools and metrics for measuring empowerment in peer support.

SUMMARY.

This four-hour training session aims to equip NYCPS with a comprehensive understanding of power dynamics, emotional responses, and strategies for empowerment in peer support, fostering a more informed and empowered approach to advocacy and support services.

MARCH 13, 2024

NYS GOVERNMENT & ADVOCACY TACTICS (PART I)

This training will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the state’s governance structure and mental health policies. Additionally, the training will explore the differences among state, county and local governments, elucidate the roles of the Executive and Legislative Branches, interrogate key legislation like NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 and discuss avenues for active involvement in local mental health services policy and planning. Furthermore, the training will review entities important to our community such as the New York State Office of Mental Health Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services, the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC), the New York State Rehabilitation Council (NYSARC), County Community Service Boards (CSBs), the Justice Center Advisory Council and others.

OUTLINE OF 3 HOUR TRAINING.

  1. Introduction and Welcome (15 minutes)
    1. Significance of Understanding New York State Government for NYCPS
    2. Overview of Learning Objectives
    3. The Intersection of Governance and Mental Health Advocacy
  2. Distinctions Among State, County, and Local Governments in New York (45 minutes)
    1. Overview of New York’s Governance Structure
    2. Understanding Roles and Responsibilities at Each Level
    3. Implications for Mental Health Services
  3. Role of the Executive Branch (Governor and State Agencies) (30 minutes)
    1. The Governor’s Role in Shaping State Policies
    2. Key State Agencies Influencing Mental Health Services
    3. Spotlight: New York State Chief Disability Officer and Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services
  4. Overview of the Legislative Branch (Assembly and Senate) (45 minutes)
    1. The Legislative Process in New York
    2. The Assembly and Senate’s Role in Mental Health Legislation
    3. Advocacy Opportunities within the Legislative Process
  5. Exploring NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 (45 minutes)
    1. Overview of NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41
    2. Implications for Mental Health Services and Peer Support
    3. Group Discussion: Practical Applications of the Law
  6. Local Service Planning Processes and Guidelines (45 minutes)
    1. Understanding Local Service Planning
    2. Guidelines for Community Mental Health Services Planning
    3. The Peer’s Role in Local Service Planning
  7. Involvement with Key Entities (45 minutes)
    1. New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)
    2. New York State Rehabilitation Council
    3. County Community Service Boards (CSBs)
    4. Justice Center Advisory Council
    5. New York State Department of Health/New York State Office for Aging Long Term Care Ombudsman
    6. Disability Rights New York Programs
      1. Protection and Advocacy for People with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
    7. Group Discussions: Opportunities for Engagement with Key Entities
  8. Ways to Get Involved with Local Mental Health Services Policy and Planning (45 minutes)
    1. Identifying Opportunities for Involvement
    2. Strategies for Engaging with Local Mental Health Services
    3. Group Activity: Developing Action Plans for Involvement
  9. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Encouraging Active Participation in State and Local Advocacy
    3. Feedback and Evaluation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES.

  1. Understand the distinctions among state, county and local governments in New York.
  2. Explore the role of the Executive Branch, including the Governor and relevant state agencies, in shaping mental health policies.
  3. Examine the legislative process and the roles of the Assembly and Senate and their committees in mental health legislation.
  4. Become familiar with NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 and its implications for mental health services and peer support.
  5. Gain insights into local service planning processes and guidelines.
  6. Identify opportunities for NYCPS to get involved in local mental health services policy and planning.
  7. Learn about the roles of key entities such as the New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC), the New York State Rehabilitation Council, County Community Service Boards (CSBs), and the Justice Center Advisory Council.

SUMMARY.

This 3-hour training session aims to equip NYCPS with a basic understanding of New York State government and its mental health landscape so they can be more effective advocates.

MARCH 14, 2024

ADVOCACY TACTICS

This training will provide the participant with a rudimentary understanding of various tactics to influence, persuade and educate the public, colleagues and decision-makers. It encompasses tactics for engaging, educating and persuading audiences through mass media and alternative media channels, coupled with effective outreach, mobilization, leadership and coalition-building techniques.

OUTLINE OF 5 HOUR TRAINING.

  1. Introduction and Welcome (30 minutes)
    1. Importance of Advocacy Tactics
    2. Overview of Learning Objectives
    3. The Role of Certified Peer Specialists in Advocacy
  2. Tactics for Engaging, Educating, and Persuading Audiences (90 minutes)
    1. Writing Effective Letters to the Editor
    2. Making Impactful Calls to Governor, Assemblymembers, Senators, and State Agencies
    3. Leveraging Social Media for Advocacy
    4. Organizing Rallies and Demonstrations
    5. Interactive Workshop: Creating Advocacy Materials
  3. Outreach and Mobilization for Policy Objectives (90 minutes)
    1. The Power of Grassroots Outreach
    2. Building Community Alliances
    3. Community Organizing
    4. Organizing Community Workshops
    5. Mobilizing Support Through Personal Narratives
    6. Storytelling Techniques
    7. Empowering Individuals to Share Their Stories
    8. Case Studies: Successful Outreach and Mobilization Campaigns
  4. Getting to the Decision-Making Table (60 minutes)
    1. Building Relationships with Decision Makers
    2. The Difference Between Advocacy and Lobbying
    3. Role-Playing: Advocacy Meetings with Decision Makers
  5. Leadership for Broader Participation and Organizational Collaboration (60 minutes)
    1. Developing Leadership Skills in Advocacy
    2. Facilitating Inclusive Participation
    3. Collaborating with Organizations for Collective Impact
    4. Group Exercises: Leadership and Collaboration Scenarios
  6. Dynamics of Alliances and Coalitions (60 minutes)
    1. Understanding the Importance of Alliances
    2. Building and Sustaining Effective Coalitions
    3. Conflict Resolution Within Coalitions
    4. Interactive Workshop: Coalition-Building Strategies
  7. Strengthening Alliances and Coalitions (45 minutes)
    1. Evaluating Coalition Effectiveness
    2. Addressing Challenges in Coalition Building
    3. Building Long-Term Alliances for Sustainable Impact
  8. Case Studies and Best Practices (45 minutes)
    1. Showcasing Successful Advocacy Campaigns
    2. Extracting Lessons and Best Practices
    3. Q&A Session: Addressing Participants’ Specific Challenges
  9. Developing Personal Advocacy Action Plans (30 minutes)
    1. Reflecting on Key Learnings
    2. Setting Advocacy Goals and Objectives
    3. Creating Personalized Action Plans
  10. Conclusion and Next Steps (15 minutes)
    1. Recap of Key Learning Points
    2. Encouraging Ongoing Advocacy Efforts
    3. Feedback and Evaluation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES.

  1. Understand various tactics for engaging, educating, and persuading audiences, including mass and alternative media strategies.
  2. Explore grassroots outreach and mobilization techniques for achieving policy objectives.
  3. Develop skills for effective advocacy meetings with decision-makers.
  4. Enhance leadership skills for broader participation and organizational collaboration in advocacy efforts.
  5. Understand the dynamics of alliances and coalitions and learn strategies to strengthen them.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy campaigns through case studies and best practices.
  7. Develop personalized action plans for ongoing advocacy efforts.

SUMMARY.

This 5-hour training session aims to present participants with a diverse toolkit of advocacy tactics, enabling them to navigate the complex landscape of mental health advocacy with confidence and effectiveness.