About effective advocacy for peer & family support

becoming the champions of change

If we learned anything from our history books, it’s these two things: we need vigilant advocacy to keep our society true to its citizens and that well-planned advocacy works to change the hearts and minds of society. Peer and family support professionals have a specialized tool for advocacy: Our Story. Our story has the power to change laws, policies, and systems. Our story has the power to help us get our personal needs met. Our story has the power to demonstrate all the possibilities others can achieve through self-advocacy. In this course, you will explore all the different forms of advocacy and develop a deep sense of how to respond when things aren’t as they should be.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define your audience so you can leverage your point effectively

  • Create dynamic change by composing your story

  • Detect the structure and nuances of the “court of public opinion”

  • Break down the elements of system advocacy for legislative changes

  • Navigate policy changes with AHCCCS, insurers, and service providers

  • Appraise and strengthen your self-advocacy skills

  • Defend the rights of those we support (access to housing and other necessities)

  • Teach and coach self-advocacy

Course eligibility:

To qualify for this PFCA course, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. Be currently employed in Arizona in one of the following qualifying roles:

    • Peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS)

    • Credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

    • Supervisor for peer & family support employees

  2. Have a minimum of 2,000 direct service hours as either an employee or volunteer in peer or family support

  3. Have the recommendation and approval from your supervisor for each course attended

  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of peer and family support principles

  5. Show evidence that you have obtained at least one of the following two options:

    • Have obtained a peer/recovery support specialist (PRSS) certificate in Arizona

    • Are an Arizona credentialed parent/family support provider (PFSS)

If you meet the above criteria, please fill out the application in its entirety and we will help you identify your best options for enrolling in your courses.