√ Relate to the individual as an advocate

√ Advocate within systems to promote person-centered recovery/wellness support services

√ Describe the individual’s rights and responsibilities

√ Apply the principles of individual choice and self-determination

√ Explain importance of self-advocacy as a component of  recovery/wellness

√ Recognize and use person-centered language

√ Practice effective communication skills

√ Differentiate between the types and levels of advocacy

√ Collaborate with individual to identify, link, and coordinate choices with resources

√ Advocate the multiple pathways to recovery/wellness

√ Recognize the importance of a holistic (e.g., mind, body, spirit, environment) approach to recovery/wellness.



√ Recognize risk indicators that may affect the individual’s welfare and safety

√ Respond to personal risk indicators to assure welfare and safety

√ Communicate to support network personal issues that   impact ability to perform job duties

√ Report suspicions of abuse or neglect to appropriate authority

√ Evaluate the individual’s satisfaction with their progress toward recovery/wellness goals

√ Maintain documentation and collect data as required

√ Adhere to responsibilities and limits of role

√ Apply fundamentals of cultural competency

√ Recognize and adhere to the rules of confidentiality

√ Recognize and maintain professional and personal boundaries

√ Recognize and address personal and institutional biases and behaviors

√ Maintain current, accurate knowledge of trends and issues related to wellness and recovery

√ Recognize various crisis and emergency situations

√ Use organizational/departmental chain of command to address or resolve issues

√ Practice non-judgmental behavior



√ Serve as a role model for an individual

√ Recognize the importance of self-care

√ Establish and maintain a peer relationship rather than a hierarchical relationship

√ Educate through shared experiences

√ Support the development of health behavior that is based on choice

√ Describe the skills needed to self-advocate

√ Assist the individual in identifying and establishing positive relationships

√ Establish a respectful, trusting relationship with the individual

√ Demonstrate consistency by supporting individuals during ordinary and extraordinary times

√ Support the development of effective communication skills

√ Support the development of conflict resolution skills

√ Support the development of problem-solving skills

√ Apply principles of empowerment

√ Provide resource linkage to community supports and professional services



√ Assist the individual with setting goals

√ Recognize that there are multiple pathways to recovery/wellness

√ Contribute to the individual’s recovery/wellness team(s)

√ Assist the individual to identify and build on their strengths and resiliencies

√ Apply effective coaching techniques such as Motivational Interviewing

√ Recognize the stages of change

√ Recognize signs of distress

√ Develop tools for effective outreach and continued support

√ Assist the individual in identifying support systems

√ Practice a strengths-based approach to recovery/wellness

√ Assist the individual in identifying basic needs

√ Apply basic supportive group facilitation techiniques

√ Recognize and understand the impact of traumas