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Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy
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Care Workers, Health Care & Personal Assistants, Family or Home Support Workers, Community Care Workers
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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE
This 8-week, accredited Level 6 course, Certificate in Empowerment and Advocacy, equips the student with the knowledge, skills and competencies to support people with disabilities in empowering themselves on a day-to-day basis, thus facilitating self-defined visions of a desirable future.
This includes guidance and skills in relation to effective facilitation through a number of empowering approaches and in particular, advocacy. Advocacy is one of the most predominant methods of empowerment that has emerged to facilitate people with disabilities.
If you are serious about supporting people to achieve what they want, then advocacy is key.
The course is aimed at staff in the disability sector whose role involves:
- Facilitating advocacy/person centred plans with people using the service; and/or
- Performing a supervisory role within an organisation that supports advocacy/PCP
It is ideal for a practitioner with a social studies/care/community development qualification who would like to:
- Gain an in-depth knowledge of this area
- Critically reflect upon their role as a practitioner
- Obtain academic recognition
WHAT YOU WILL YOU LEARN
After completing this course you should be able to:
- Discuss the overall concept of empowerment, and its development from an international and national perspective.
- Explain the qualities of empowerment as it applies to people with disabilities and reflect on the support worker’s own practice in relation to these.
- Describe the many elements of advocacy as a means of empowerment, its history and legislative framework, particularly from a national perspective.
- Illustrate facilitation skills to support empowerment of people with disabilities.
• Analyse the work environment in terms of level of empowerment and how the support worker can have an impact on this.
- Discuss the social care worker's role in supporting service users to identify and access appropriate assistive technology supports to enhance wellbeing and empowerment.
The course will be delivered in six units:
Click on the link below to view or download the latest provisional Course Schedule:
Successful completion of the course is dependent on undertaking a series of assessments. These involve:
- Completing a practical project (2,500 words) that ties together your learning and professional practice
- Critically reflecting on how the course has changed your perceptions of your role
- Participating in an online discussion with a learning community made up of fellow practitioners and tutors
You will be supported in your assessment through the OTC's innovative, award winning learner support model. Read more about the model here.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
The Tutor View - Ciara Maye
What changes do you see in people as the course progresses?
Initially people can be hesitant and doubt their own capacity to implement PCP for an individual they support but during the course you can clearly see people develop their capacity to deal with this. Developing competence helps confidence to grow too and at the end of the course you can see people are committed to a process that can lead to better lives for the people they support.
How do you think service users benefit?
Services users can expect a move away from a one size fits all approach, and a recognition of their own right to be fully involved in decisions about their life, toward a life that is more of their own choosing, with more of what is important to them as an individual in the same way that we all want to live our lives.
More generally, what motivated you to become a tutor in the first place?
I am passionate about the work that I do every day as a clinician. As a college tutor I can share my practical experience with others and hopefully inspire them in their work. It is exciting to be part of another person’s learning!
HOW THE COURSE WILL IMPACT YOUR CAREER
This minor award is aimed at qualified practitioners who wish to ensure the people they support even those with complex needs have the best options based on the life they want to live.
The qualification enhances any CV where you may want to go into residential services, day services, community inclusion or empowerment.
The course is certified by QQI as a Higher Education and Training (HET) Level 6 Award. Successful participants will obtain a component certificate in:
- Empowerment and Advocacy (10 credits) (6H20226)
On completion of this course, you will also have completed a module from Year Two of the BA in Contemporary Disability Studies.
COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
To apply you must:
- Be either 23 years of age when you apply,
- Have successfully completed a Leaving Certificate/QQI/FETAC Level 5 Certificate.
All applicants must be employed or volunteering in a service for people with disabilities for at least 10 hours a week.
International Applicants must provide appropriate documentary evidence of proficiency in English (i.e. IELTS 6.0).
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for this course are accepted through our Online Application Centre. To apply for the degree, you will need to:
- Satisfy the entry requirements for the programme
- Provide a range of documents to support your application
- Submit a personal statement explaining why you want to apply
Supporting Documents and Forms to Download
You will need to provide us with a range of documents as part of your application. These are:
We generally recommend you gather together all the documents you will require to support your application before you begin but our online application system will allow you add documents as and when you have them once you've begun submitting your application. You can learn more by visiting the Online Application Centre, and view or download the Application Checklist on the link below:
Start Making your Application
All applications are processed through our application centre where you can:
- Submit your application
- Learn about what happens after you've made your application
- Monitor the progress of your application
To visit the Online Application Centre, click on the link below.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Contact us if you want to know more about the course.
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