Advocating for Survivors
As social workers, our work often requires going “beyond the clinical walls” ( Gomez & Yassen, 2007, p. 260). Specifically, social workers provide case management, referrals, accompaniment to appointments such as court hearings, and advocacy. But why is advocacy important to social workers and to the survivors of trauma with whom we work? In this chapter, we address the history of social work and advocacy, review advocacy steps and pitfalls, discuss both micro (or case) advocacy and macro (or cause) advocacy, and assess all of these issues in the context of working with survivors of trauma.