Advocacy, Counselling and Mediation in Casework

Processes of Empowerment
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This is the first study to compare advocacy, counselling and mediation as social processes of empowerment. It focuses on the user/worker partnership in care-giving services, and on the increasing imperative for cooperation between disciplines.

The contributors, who are all practitioners and leading authorities in their fields, examine the cultural and organizational contexts in which each of these media has developed as well as their potential usefulness in casework. The chapters cover a number of areas of casework that cause particular concern including cultural and community conflict, work and post-traumatic stress management and health decision making, describing each in a multidisciplinary setting with case illustrations.

Taking a socially inclusive approach, this book bases itself on principles which will promote positive action for social justice, as well as non-discriminatory, non-oppressive and non-stereotypical equal opportunities policies and practices.
  • Published: May 01 1998
  • Pages: 200
  • 234 x 155mm
  • ISBN: 9781853025648
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Press Reviews

  • The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

    Going beyond the rhetoric, the underpinnings of which are, in any case, roundly challenged, it provides a meaty theoretical perspective. At the same time it gives insights on specific practise issues: substance abuse, healthcare complaints and advocacy, as well as those dying from or bereaved by AIDS.
  • Rostrum

    This book comes at an opportune time. There is a clear exposition of its themes and the chapters on Victim Mediation and Cross Cultural Mediation are of particular interest. There is a very extensive and useful bibliography which is an added attraction to the book. If the purpose of books is to spread and encourage ideas and debate, then this book does those very things. Finally, this book is encouraging and uplifting, not only for the information contained therein but because so much of the practice is based on social work literature. That should be encouragement to social workers.
  • British Journal of Social Work

    This book claims to be "the first study to compare advocacy, counselling and mediation as social processes of empowerment" and in that respect it generally succeeds. As might be expected from a collection of papers presented by a large number of authors from different backgrounds (e.g. social work, law, counselling, health, psychotherapy, higher education and the church), Part II is a very mixed bag, which is its strength... In general, this book is a useful addition to the literature. It is well researched and full of up to date, useful and relevant references (most of the chapters also include lists of useful addresses and suggestions for further reading). Part II is a mine of useful information, and some of the chapters... stand out for their straightforward and delicate touch. On the whole, this is a worthwhile book that is excellent to dip into and reflect upon. It is a useful resource for case worker and student alike and provides a valuable starting point for further academic enquiry.