Empowerment Education Series - Policy and Advocacy


Policy and Advocacy

Monday, October 19, 2020


 Presenters Nia Anderson, MSW and Elizabeth Janks, LMSW ACSW

Course Description:
This training module was developed for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) interested in making positive changes in policies that directly affect their work. These issues include low wages, high turnover, and a lack of portable training. This module will teach DSPs how to advocate for change.

Course Objectives:
Participants will:

• Learn about policy advocacy

• Build basic advocacy and policy skills

• Increase confidence when advocating

• Learn skills to navigate the political landscape

• Learn to build relationships and stay involved in the long-term

Timed Agenda:
Welcome & Introduction 5 minutes
Policy Advocacy Essentials 10 minutes
Policy Advocacy Process 20 minutes
Be Fair to Direct Care video 5 minutes

Learn how to identify your United States Representatives 10 minutes
Learn how to identify your Michigan Representatives - 10 Minutes
Preparing for Visiting a Representative -10 minutes 

Role Play Representative Visit -15 minutes
Writing Effective Letters and Emails -15 minutes
Evaluating Your Success - 15 minutes
Questions and Summary - 15 minutes

Total: 2 hours 

Continuing Education Credits:
Continuing Education Credits are offered for this training. Participants must arrive on time and remain in the training for its entirety to receive credits.  No partial credit is available. You must have your license number with you to check in. 
Social Workers: 2 Continuing Education credits are approved for this training.
QIDP: This training meets the MDHHS requirement for Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals(QIDP)
Cancellation Policy:
If your schedule has changed and you are no longer able to attend, please un-register yourself from this event through your profile at www.dwctraining.com .You can do this by logging onto http://www.dwctraining.com, and navigating to your Virtual Transcript and clicking Un-register next to this event in your Upcoming Events.
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this training, please notify Kim Hoga at Khoga1@DWIHN.ORG or 313-402-1908