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Advocacy, Counselling and Mediation in Casework
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In this unique new work advocacy counseling and mediation are compared for the first time as social processes of empowerment. 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.

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Acknowledgements. Foreword by Daphne Statham, National Institute for Social Work. Introduction. Yvonne Joan Craig, Elder Mediation Project. Part I The Social Construction of Advocacy, Counselling and Mediation. 1. Advocacy. Vera Ivers, freelance practitioner. 2. Counselling. Tim Bond, University of Durham. 3. Mediation. Marian Liebmann, projects adviser, Mediation UK. Part II The Social Uses of Advocacy, Counselling and Mediation. 4. Child advocacy. Christine Piper, Brunel University. 5. Student counselling: the wailing wall or a force for change? Ann Heyno, University of Westminster. 6. Ending bullying and managing conflict in schools. Val Carpenter, National Coalition Building Institute. 7. Disability, disabled people, advocacy and counselling. Colin Barnes, Leeds University Disability Research Unit. 8. Couples counselling. Gillian Walton, London Marriage Guidance. 9. Family and elder mediation. Yvonne Joan Craig, Elder Mediation Project. 19. Mental health advocacy. David Brandon, Anglia Polytechnic University. 11. Substance use counselling. Graz Kowszun, Morley College. 12. Victim offender mediation. Victim Offender Unit. 13. Healthcare and complaints advocacy: a campaign for real listening and patient participation. Stephanie Ellis, Patients' Association. 14. HIV/AIDS: Advocacy, counselling and mediation with the dying and the bereaved. Bill Kirkpatrick, Reaching Out Centre. 15. Healthcare decision making and mediation. Yvonne Craig, Elder Mediation Project and Masana De Souza, Newham Conflict and Change Project. 16. Stress management and counselling. Stephen Palmer, Centre for Stress Management. 17. Cross-cultural mediation. Masana De Souza, Newham Conflict and Change Project and Yvonne Joan Craig, Elder Mediation Project. 18. Advocacy, empowerment and the development of user-led outcomes. Sue Balloch, NISW, Peter Beresford, Open Services Projectm Clare Evans, Leonard Cheshire Foundation, Tessa Harding, Help the Aged, Martin Heidensohn and Michael Turner, Shaping Our Lives. Conclusion. Yvonne Craig, Elder Mediation Project. The Contributors. Subject index. Author index.

About the Author

Yvonne Joan Craig is a retired social worker, counsellor, editor and JP. She is an active general mediator, founder and voluntary co-ordinator of the Elder Mediation Project. She is also author of Elder Abuse and Mediation (1997) and contributor to many other casework publications.

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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. -- The Journal of the British Association for Counselling 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. -- Rostrum 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. -- British Journal of Social Work

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