Literature Review of Mediation and Advocacy in Human Services Field
Most of today’s society turns to an Advocate for help after they have failed in an attempt by themselves. The advocate is then charged with the task of cleaning up the mess or fixing the situation before they can proceed.
“Decision makers have certain preconceptions about advocates. For example, “This professional can be trusted,” or “This person is biased.” The advocate can either try to foster a different type of relationship or employ strategies that are most likely to be effective given the confines of the existing relations.” (Allan Edward Barsky, 2000, p. 221)
Each website visited has demonstrated the use of both an Advocacy and a Mediator. “In many cases, an advocate combines both methods.” (Allan Edward Barsky, 2000, p. 219) While this is true, in most cases the client remains the decision maker because the Advocate is working on behalf of the client.
One example of this can be recognized in the Final Exit Network website. Although the client solicits the aid of an Advocate, it is ultimately the client who makes all the decisions.
The Final Exit Network website provides information about end-of -life choices. The goals of this organization are "too serve people who are suffering in tolerantly from an irreversible condition which has become more than I can bear, to foster research to find new peaceful and reliable ways to sell to deliver, to promote the use of advanced directives, and to advocate for individuals went there advanced directives are not being honored." (The Final Exit Network, 2004 - 2008)
Information on this sight appears to be more than adequate as it offers detailed explanation as to the purpose of the organization. Furthermore, the site provides information on resources, news, legislation, additional reading material, and it explains what the “Final Exit Network” is all about and how it works.
The Final Exit Network...