SAY IT’s online self-advocacy program draws its theoretical foundation from Self-Determination Theory. That theory tells us that people develop more intrinsic motivation and well-being if three basic psychological needs are met: autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
Every aspect of the SAY IT Program is designed to enhance a person’s self-determination.
In other words, when SAY IT built the self-advocacy course and related resources, every piece was purposefully geared to building autonomy, competence, relatedness, or a combination of the three, in addition to the self-advocacy process.
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Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is an evidence-based theory of motivation created by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan and developed by researchers worldwide. Professionals use SDT in many fields, including education, healthcare, coaching, parenting, and psychotherapy. (Ryan, R.M., Lynch, M.F., Vansteenkiste, M., and Deci. E.L. (2011). Motivation and autonomy in counseling, psychotherapy, and behavior Change: A look at theory and practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 39(2), 193-260.) Learn about SDT and related research.