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Advocacy & Mediation

Identify a philosophy and individual approach to advocating and mediating within a specific agency setting, such as Planned Parenthood, Adult Probation, the Department of Behavioral Health Services, or Advocates for the Seriously Mentally Ill.

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Advocacy & Mediation Integration: Planned Parenthood Common-Ground

When one advocates, one campaigns for a particular belief or social issue that one sees as important and therefore worth pushing out into the open for debate and affirmative action to bring about resolutions and results. For example, in the social agency that is Planned Parenthood Advocacy, members have come to join because they believe that informed sexual and reproductive healthcare is essential in American families and protects women, teens and the general society from the negative implications of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies (i.e. abortions, disrupted personal and professional growth, inability of mother/father to look after the child, the child being born to poverty and situations that are not best suited for childhood and the demands that come with it). Mediation is usually a conflict resolution alternative that is seen as separate from advocacy as mediators ought to be neutral when it comes to negotiating agreements and conflicts. This neutrality inspires confidence between conflicting parties allowing the mediator the needed communication and negotiation room to try and bring about, at best total agreement and if that is difficult, interest-based agreement subject to conditions. But actually, when it comes to issues that affect society, these two positions integrate especially if one takes ...

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The solution is a 1,217-word sample essay that presents a sample philosophy, perspective and working approach used in an effective advocacy and mediation project. This particular essay looks into the work of Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling which starts at the grassroots level using interest-based techniques applied to the proposed advocacy of Planned Parenthood. References are listed for expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.