August 12, 2013
Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator
Ethical issues related to dual relationships are common and complex. There is a concern with dual relationships primarily because they can hurt clients but also because they can hurt the profession. The case worker is in a powerful position; as a result there is a risk of taking advantage of the client. The possible potential for damage from a dual relationship could come from the perceived authority held by the case worker. Though the professional relationship may come to an end, the perception of authority may remain, which may affect the relationship outside counseling.
Advocates in the human services field are vital, they help clients set goals, educate clients about their rights, and provide access to resources through information. The greatest need for advocacy comes from underprivileged groups, such as children, the elderly, victims of abuse, or the homeless.
My personal approach to advocacy for the homeless would start with increasing community awareness. This involves property owners, local government, and business owners. As an advocate, it is important to cultivate support from high-profile people, people with special skills, and people with good community reputations, to lend credibility to an advocacy plan. My advocacy plan would help the homeless find shelter, medical care, and jobs so they can…