Advocacy in Counseling Essay

1630 Words Aug 14th, 2013 7 Pages
Consultation and Advocacy
Bradlee Donahue
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors
Kathy Blaydes
August 4, 2013

Advocacy and consultation have over the years proven to be two equally important ways for counselors to assist their clients. According to research conducted by Moe, Perera-Diltz, & Sepulveda (2010), there is a positive correlation between the two concepts. For example, both concepts utilize distinct and unique methodologies as a means of assisting clients within the realm of counseling. To truly understand how each method can be an asset for a counselor, we must first analyze the two independently. “A Consultation for professional counselors typically involves acting
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Some of these injustices can include racial, domestic, social and even economic injustice. So for an example we can look at client who has been the victim of a sexual assault. As counselors we could consult with various sexual assault support groups to simultaneously promote awareness within the community and assist the client with identifying resources that would be most beneficial to them.

Benefits of Advocacy

Within the mental health field, advocacy plays an extremely important role in that in addition to the impact that is felt by the “normal” population via social injustice, the impact is potentially even more extensive when interacting with individuals who have been diagnosed as mentally ill. Within the mental health field one area that I am extremely passionate about is working with individuals that have been involved within the legal system. So as we look at these individuals in particular from an advocatory approach, we are able to see how advocacy can have positive impacts not only on the individual but the support system around them as well with the goal being “to reduce the disabling effects of serious mental illness in order to maximize each inmate’s ability to participate in rehabilitative programs within the system” (Cohen & Dvosken, 1992). When counseling individuals who are

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