Challenges of being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator (Mediator) Sequina Allen
April 7, 2013
Challenges of being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator (Mediator)
There are many challenges that one must face when working in the human service field. Mediation and advocacy is two of the many challenges. Both of these jobs require one to be fair and un-bias. Moreover, one must be careful of a dual relationship of any kind. In this paper I will explore my personal opinion on the integration of mediation and advocacy in the human service field and my personal philosophy and approach on how to advocate for an adult client on probation. A mediator is an impartial third party who meets with two or more people to encourage and facilitate communication in order to reach an agreement or conclusion over a conflict that exists between the two parties. The mediator is not the decision maker. The two parties and not the mediator will make the final decision. It is the legal and ethical job of the mediator to keep all communication confidential unless otherwise specified (The Association of Attorney-Mediators, 2001). The mediator should never choice anyone side or force one party to agree with the other. Because mediators are neutral, their personal beliefs and values can be a challenge. There are legal, moral, and ethical issues that mediators have to tackle when they deal with the parties conflicts. The mediator has to assure that each party is comfortable and know that their issues and thoughts are heard. It is important the mediator remain bias. Personal opinion
Mediators and advocates are the vital to the human services field. Their clients depend on the mediator to inform them of their rights. They do not know the laws and the procedures that protect them. That is why mediators and advocates there to assist them. The integration of advocacy within the human service field is very important. I believe in order for one to...
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