Specific Population and the Advocate Role paper
“Advocacy refers to influencing decisions affecting the welfare or interests of another individual or group” (Barsky, 2007, Chapter 6). As advocates we must know and understand our own values and beliefs. If we let our own values and beliefs effect our clients growing process the outcome may not be positive. We must be careful at all time. As an advocate we have a very important job because the client counts on us to help them when they are in a time of need. When it comes to the homelessness in our community this is very important. As advocates we must step in and help the homeless person when they are in need. As an advocate we can help them in many ways. We must first help them with any mental issues they may have because of being homeless or maybe there mental issues contributed to them being homeless. Person mental issues may affect the process greatly and we must understand and have resources available in order to get the process started and to keep going. As an advocate we must know how to acquire the resources they need in order to get help for the mental help so they can become a more stable person. Many times a person may be homeless as a result of not having a job that brings in sufficient income. As advocates we must help them find a stable job that will result in having a stable income. There are many programs in the community that help homeless people find jobs and sometimes also supply them with a place to stay while they are in a hunt for job. If a person has a stable income they would have better chances in finding a home As advocates we help the person find a place to stay will going through this process. We must have knowledge of the different shelters and temporary housing in the community and what they have to offer. We must understand some shelters have strict restriction and we must be prepared to help our clients finds something else that better suits his or her situation. A homeless...
References: Barsky, A. E. (2007). Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions, Second Edition. Retrieved from http://ecampus.phoenix.edu/content/eBookLibrary2/content/eReader.aspx?assetMetaId=c1738b58-9cb3-458e-9a53-daddb22fcc87&assetDataId=8a665a05-a0e5-4749-8800-4da6272e5daa&assetpdfdataid=cbbcd68e-a405-4199-96dc-e2d319cc47b5.
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