December 11, 2011
Advocacy and Mediation
The right righteous work of the advocate is not always a glamorous job. Wess Stafford said it best when he said, “I spend most of my tome comforting the afflicted and the other half afflicting the comfortable” (Good Reads, 2011). Human service workers spend their lives dedicating themselves to helping improve the quality of live for those they serve by either directly serving them or advocating for them. The goal is to help the client through their time of need and find the resources they need to live a happy healthy life. The resources needed range from a friend to talk to finding help with getting food and shelter and everything else in between. These duties often include some type of mediation as well and because of that advocacy and mediation work hand and hand. Exploring some websites one will see how the human services, mediation, and advocacy go hand and hand. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Speak in depth about how the humans service worker’s role extends too many different roles to include but not limited to mediation and advocacy. There is an article that reads, “Social services include helping people obtain adequate financial resources for their needs, evaluating the capabilities of people to care for children or other dependents, counseling and psychotherapy, referral and linking clients to resources, mediation, and advocacy” (National Association of Social Workers, 2011). This article breaks down many details of the human service worker’s duties and responsibilities and directly links the need for advocacy and mediation in the human services field. This organization is dedicated to human services and has put many hours into research and building to become a powerful force for human services. That alone speaks volumes to the validity of their findings of advocacy and mediation. Another website that offers the same ideas is the U.S. Department of Health...