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mediation and advocacy

Define the following terms, describe the role of the human services worker in regard to each function, and provide an example of how each might be used:

1. Advocacy
2. Mediation
3. Arbitration
4. Med-arb

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Advocacy:

"Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions - that directly affect people's current lives. (Cohen, 2001)"

The role of human services workers can be very important in advocacy because they can help in raising voice of the public by becoming leaders and advocates. Human services workers can represent groups that are working hard for influencing the decision making of the government and other authorities for the benefit of society and public. Human services worker can themselves become active citizens as well as motivate others to step forward and raise their voices for influencing outcomes.

Example, human services workers can help in advocating voice of citizens for reducing environmental and water pollution by industries in a particular area by influencing the decisions of the regulatory authorities regarding establishment of laws that ban pollution and penalties for such organization. ...

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Define the following terms, describe the role of the human services worker in regard to each function, and provide an example of how each might be used:

1. Advocacy
2. Mediation
3. Arbitration
4. Med-arb

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