Consultation and Advocacy in Counseling Essay

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Consultation and Advocacy in Counseling
Donna Boyett
COUN 5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors
August 4, 2012

195 Wayfair Lane
Hinesville, GA 31313
Telephone: (912) 980-1231
Instructor: Kathy Blaydes
This paper discuses the importance of social justice advocacy and consultation in the counseling profession. The introduction is an explanation of social justice advocacy, and the different ways counselors advocate for their clients. Next, I discussed how I see myself related to advocacy as I become a professional within my area of specialization and my belief about the similarities between advocacy and consultation. After that I discussed how advocacy
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Counselors who advocate for their clients show their clients that they are working on their side. This will help build trust within the relationship, which will provide improved care for the client. Children are deeply vulnerable to oppression because they are smaller and weaker than the adults around them. Being a counselor who is an advocate will allow me to help children when they cannot help themselves, which will make a large difference in the outcome of their counseling experience. Adolescents face different battles than young children, such as bullying and peer pressure. Empowering my client will help them stand up to peer pressure, which is an improvement in care compared to if I wasn’t an advocate for my clients. Adults may face many different battles in their adult lives depending on their ethnicity, disability, gender, etc. Being an advocate for my clients can help them overcome their problems and possibly change their situation. Now that I have discussed the ways that advocacy improves the care that clients receive, next I’ll discuss a hypothetical situation that addresses how a counselor’s knowledge of consultation and advocacy could interact with the progression of a clients counseling experience. Sarah is a 16-year-old Middle Eastern high school student. The other students at Sarah’s high school are oppressing her, which is causing her a great deal of depression. After a couple months of therapy, I

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