Take your Advocacy Skills to the next level with just 12 One Day Classes.

The National Special Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, has been offering  BCEA™ trainings since 2008. They offered the first and the only national Board Certified Education Advocate program. This nationally recognized program is available for the benefit of parents & leaders in the education advocacy field, such as yourself.  


COURSE NUMBER:          1200- ISA

COURSE TITLE:                1200 – Individual to Systems Advocacy   

DURATION:         16.93 hours

Lecture 5.93 hours in 25 videos with out of class assignments of 11.00 hours 
Academic institutions may accept 1.69 quarter credit hours or a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.

This is the twelfth of 12 courses in a National Special Education Advocacy Training NSEAT™ program.  It may stand-alone or be combined with the full 12-course program as the education prerequisite to the NSEAI Board Certified Education Advocate™ application.   This course was developed as a collegiate level course and is offered for continuing education credits at this location.

This course provides a broad introduction to understanding types of advocacy.   An introduction to unique vocabulary and definitions is provided with an overview of national trends.  Advocate & advocacy definitions are provided. 10 steps to advocacy, effective advocacy techniques and the advocacy process are reviewed.  Types of advocacy including: Self Advocacy, Systems Advocacy, Individual Advocacy and Professional Advocacy are defined.  NSEAI practice act, ethical guidelines, conflicts of interest and key components of relationship building are reviewed as well as an overview in private practice development. Qualities of an education advocate and education advocacy professionalism are discussed.  

This course is designed to expand parental and professional education advocacy skills with a broad knowledge base related to the types of advocacy and its’ process. This course provides information to students with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, educators, lawyers, paralegals, state and federal agencies and related service providers on advocacy types and techniques.  
6 Steps to Advocacy
Effective Advocacy
6 Types of Advocacy
Developing a Vision - Start big!
Ethical Guidelines vs. a Practice Act
Differentiating Yourself
Working with Strengths
Partnering in the Community
Functional Competency Based Outcomes vs. goal oriented outcomes 
Review of Records for IEP Development vs. Due Process
Judging Clients
Relationship Building 
Learning to Learn (mistakes, successes and flukes)
Conflicts of Interest
The importance of Giving Back

After completing the program, participants will:
•    Define what a practice act is and 3 types of advocacy
•    Identify key components of ethical guidelines
•    Identify key components of relationship building
•    Identify conflicts of interest



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