The Self Advocacy Leadership Training Program (SALT) Prepared by: Connie Benjamin, RSW Co-presenter: Axcella Zelensky
Today’s Outline • Description of the Self Advocacy and Leadership Training Program • Axcella Zelensky sharing her experience with the SALT program • Small group discussion • Questions and closing remarks
What is SALT? The SALT program helps people living with a mental illness to gain the skills necessary to become more effective advocates on the following levels: • Personally • Professionally • Politically
What is Advocacy? Advocacy means being able to meet needs by speaking in favor of, or asking for something that helps you or someone else.
Mission Statement To provide self-advocacy and leadership training through empowering, interactive workshops that support people living with a mental illness in making healthy decisions.
Program Description • The SALT program is composed of a series of 12 psycho-educational workshops • Each workshop runs for two weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30-4:15 pm • Between 6-10 participants attend each workshop • Follow up support groups are offered following each workshop
Program Description • Participants register for individual workshops based on their interests • A manual is given for each workshop • A certificate is given upon workshop completion • Workshops are interactive and include activities such as small and large group discussion, role plays, journaling, videos, games, skits and art work
Eligibility People who: • Are between the ages of 18-64 years old • Living with a mental illness • Are able to concentrate and take part in challenging group activities • Want to work towards making positive changes in their lives and community
Communication Skills Dealing with Difficult Situations Self-esteem Stress Management Time Management Relationships & Boundaries Money Sense Successful Goal Setting Managing Change Anger Management Wellness & Recovery Preparing for work or volunteering Workshops
Key Principles • Group rules • Participants are committed to practicing the skills learned within the workshops • Workshops recognize the inherent knowledge and wisdom of participants • The program continually evolves based on participant feedback
Evaluating Program Success • Workshop attendance rate is 88% • Workshop completion rate is 87% • The drop out rate is 13% • 100% of participants surveyed stated they would recommend the program to a friend in need of similar help • 88% of participants surveyed expressed satisfaction with the quality of service received Definitions: Attendance rate - number of people who registered for and attend the workshop Workshop attendance - number of people who attend and complete the workshop Drop out rate - number of people who attend but do not complete the workshop Survey – refers to the CSQ-8 Quantitative Questionnaire
Evaluating Program Changes Since the workshops have changed to be more interactive: • Participation has increased by 17% • The completion rate has increased by 28% • The drop out rate has decreased by 28%
Advocacy...What is it? Understanding Stigma Understanding Government Knowing your Human Rights The Mental Health Act Advocacy Within Systems Advocacy in Health Care Community Participation Leadership Training Telling Your Story Advocacy in Action Starting a Peer Support Group Level 2 Facilitator Training Future DirectionsDevelop a Level 2 workshop series that includes:
Other Future Directions • Evening workshops • Increased one-on-one support
Axcella’s Story Axcella will share her experience with the SALT program.
Small Group Discussion • Each group will be given a topic to discuss • Select one person to record your discussion • Select one person to present your discussion to the larger group
Contact Us Self Advocacy and Leadership Training (SALT) Connie Benjamin, RSW 780-414-6300 www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca
References & Resources • Copeland, Mary Ellen (n.d.). Creating wellness: a workshop with Mary Ellen. (Video) http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com • Branden, Nathaniel (1994). The six pillars of self-esteem. USA: Bantam Books. • Covey, Stephen, Merill, Roger, & Merill, Rebecca (1994). First things first. USA: Fireside • Edmonton Financial Literacy Society – Me and My Home workshop 780-944-1552 • Edmonton John Howard Society – Anger Management Group – 780-423-1635 • National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) http://nnmh.ca/contact.htmlConflict book • Mental Health Commission of Canada http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/Pages/default.aspx • Cloud, Henry, & Townsend, John (1995). Boundaries workbook: when to say yes and when to say no. USA: Zondervan