chapter  9
22 Pages

Client Advocacy: In Action

ByMichael D. Brubaker, Rachael D. Goodman

Action is one of the essential cornerstones of client advocacy. It is not enough to talk about how injustices exist and that counselors are needed to promote client well-being; we must actually step forward out of the comfort of our oces and classrooms and strive to change our communities for the better. As Saul Alinsky (1971) wrote, “Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conict” (p. 21). Like professional advocacy, it takes courage to step forward and challenge those structures that maintain their power by reinforcing the status quo.