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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

Professional Advocacy: Engaging our consumers and ourselves

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM–5:00 PM CST
San Antonio I (100 classroom)
Session Description

This session will familiarize professionals with the nation wide self advocacy movement. What is our role as RT/TR's in facilitating self advocacy and self-determination with our consumers? How do we advocate for our profession? Participants will explore various agencies and opportunities for involvement at a state and national level not only for consumers but for themselves. Discussion of how individuals and organizations are promoting RT/TR in their states and at a national level.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

1) Define & explain the principles of self-advocacy and self-determination.

2)  Summarize how to empower consumers through participating in activities designed to facilitate self-advocacy and self-determination.    

3) Outline state/national opportunities for engaging in professional advocacy and recognize the need/benefit from participation in professional advocacy.

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

Introduction- 5 MIN.

Speaker’s educational & professional background; how & why this topic is of interest to us / session goals, objectives and outcomes

The Self Advocacy Movement- 20 MIN.

History and current happenings related to consumers in America

Introduction of Professional Advocacy & Responsibility- 15 min.

Speaker will review implications for TR/RT's from material provided by credentialing bodies and professional associations.

Legislative Issues Impacting Professionals – 15 min

Legislative issues impacting consumers – 15 min

Fostering Self-Advocacy & Self Determination in Consumers Served, Action Statements from Participants- 10 min

Q&A - 10 min

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Advancement of the Profession: Professionalism, Credential maintenance/ professional competencies, PR/promotion/marketing

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals


Anna Broome, BSRA, CTRS