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1. Compare and Contrast the role of an advocate with the role of a mediator. (Barsky, 1993)

2. Identify a client that could use assistance in advocating. Consider the sources of power identified in your reading. What are your client's strengths as a negotiator? What are your client's limitations? As an advocate trying to help the client negotiate on the client's own behalf, what types of interventions would you suggest?

Read Chapters 1 & 6 in the text, Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions.

Read Chapters 1,2,3,4, and 5 in the text, Elements of Mediation.

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Advocacy and Mediation

1. Compare and Contrast the role of an advocate with the role of a mediator.
The Advocate
An advocate according to Barsky (1993) is an individual or a group who speaks in behalf of another person or a particular concern (i.e. a social issue) in legal terms. An advocacy on the other hand is a social conflict or issue where one takes interest and speaks or represents in behalf of as a form of civil duty. For example, fight against poverty is an Advocacy and an Advocate of Poverty is someone who speaks against poverty. An advocate is never neutral - they take the side of the causes or people they represent. They, however practice diplomacy in negotiations and instances of representation.

The Mediator
The mediator, unlike the advocate is neutral in any conflict he or she is involved. To mediate is to negotiate between parties in conflict to achieve an acceptable resolution. Mediators display diplomatic skills. While advocates do they are always impassioned about the cause or the people they represent making diplomacy difficult. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution and mediators are needed when the parties involved are having a difficult time. ...

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