Learning Resources

Required Readings (2021, January 16). Six keys to effective advocacy.…

American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. (n.d.). Kemp, S. P., & Palinkas, L. A. (2015). Strengthening the social response to the human impacts of environmental change. Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Working Paper.…

Levy, B. S., & Patz, J. A. (2015). Climate change, human rights, and social justice. Annals of Global Health, 81(3), 310-322.

Rogers, M. R., Marraccini, M. E., O’Bryon, E. C., Dupont-Frechette, J. A., & Lubiner, A. G. (2019). Advocates in public service settings: Voices from the field. Psychological Services, 17(S1), 44–55.

American Psychological Association (APA). (2020). Sample letter to legislators. Author. https://doi-org. /10.1037/e501092020-001

Snow, K. C. (2013). The importance of advocacy and advocacy competencies in human service professions. Journal of Human Services, 33(1), 5–16.

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources and Course Announcements.
  • Consider the following quote “Advocacy is ‘identifying unmet needs and taking actions to change the circumstances that contribute to the problem or inequity’” (Trusty & Brown, 2005, as cited in Rogers et al., 2020, p. 45). Advocacy can be powerful for the one doing the advocating, and for the one benefitting from it.

By Day 4

Post the following:

  • In your own words, provide a definition of advocacy for HSPPs.
  • Analyze the vital role of advocacy in affecting positive social change for helping HSPPs and survivors of crisis, trauma, and disaster events. Consider your own comfort level in terms of advocating on behalf of others.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two colleagues in the following way:

  • Compare your analysis and offer any insights you gained from reading your colleague’s post.
  • Share any experience you have in advocacy that expands upon a colleague’s post.

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