Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator

Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator

Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator
Robert Black

BSHS/442

June 20, 2011
Nicole Fogel

Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral Facilitator
In some circumstances an advocate or mediator may face the potential of a dual relationship in which said advocate or mediator most likely will face ethical, moral, and legal challenges. Dual relationships occur when professionals assume two roles simultaneously or sequentially with an individual seeking assistance (Guthmann, Heines, & Kolvitz, n.d.). Dual relationships include sexual intimacy with a client and (or) providing the service to a friend or relative. Within this paper an exploration of the ethical, moral, and legal challenges advocates and mediators may face regarding dual relationships will occur. A personal opinion concerning the integration of advocacy and mediation within the human services field will also be presented as well as a personal philosophy and approach to advocating and mediating within a child welfare agency setting.
Challenges of Dual Relationships
An advocate or mediator offering friendship or love to a client outside the purview of his or her duties, or if the exchanges goods or services with a client has occurred, indicates professional boundaries have been violated and a dual relationship has been formed (Mediation Council of Illinois, 1999). A Dual relationship is considered a conflict of interest and crosses the ethical boundaries issues set forth in most advocacy and mediation code of ethics. Advocates and mediators should respect clients’ integrity and protect the well-being of clients with whom they provide a service. When acting in accordance with their potentially influential position advocates and mediators both have the responsibility to monitor their own needs and values to avoid exploiting (to their own ends and gratification) the trust and dependency involved in the advocacy and mediation processes (Mediation Council of Illinois, 1999).
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