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Advocacy and Mediation

Explore the existing integration of mediation and advocacy within a human services agency on a national or international level.

1- Do you believe mediation is appropriate for those specific populations? (750-1000 words).

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Explore the existing integration of mediation and advocacy within a human services agency on a national or international level.

1- Do you believe mediation is appropriate for those specific populations? (750-1000 words)

Mediation and advocacy within the court system are appropriate in some situations, except for more serious and violent crimes. At BJ Mann's Center they believe in "....working through all the issues as a neutral resource, especially in matters regarding care of the children, so that there are no surprises later" (BJ Mann Divorce, Family, and Workplace Mediation, 2008). However, the mediators must remain neutral if they really want to help the families through their difficult ordeal because it takes a person who can help the two parties come to a civilized decision about money, children, and other divorce issues. If a human service provider does not agree with divorce for any circumstances then they should not work for a mediation service that works with divorcing couples. If a human service provider finds themselves in a conflict of interest then they should probably be working as an advocate rather than a mediator. Both play an essential role in human services within the court system (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1113765/the_challenges_of_being_an_advocate_pg2.html?cat=17).

The growing use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, particularly mediation but advocacy as well, has led to a need for more space in ...

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