Do you feel that Human Services professional's should be advocates for people who tend to be marginalized by society??
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The question you pose asks for personal opinion, and probably will be moved to the discussion board, but because it is opinion, you should carefully consider what you believe about this subject.
In the Human Services field, the population you deal with on a daily basis is most often the marginalized and disadvantaged - those who are poor, uneducated, recent immigrants, young mothers, etc. - so in my opinion, by definition a Health and Human Services professional should be an advocate for these people, as that is what the job is all about.
Since helping them usually involves government programs, being an advocate can mean making sure those who qualify for government services can actually access them, and in a way that is fair to them and to taxpayers, and that delivers the services to those who need them most.
I think a Professional is a helper, but also a person that can put his/her shoes of the client, being able to understand the client and their situation, separate them from their situation and see them as human beings with potential in life.
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