For some, advocacy might conjure images of speaking at a congressional hearing or soliciting petition signatures at library entrances. Yet, social workers engage in advocacy as an agent of social change in numerous ways:
Case advocacy. When a social worker addresses the lack of services or resources at the micro level, educates the client about available resources and programs, or fights for clients rights
Legislative advocacy When a social worker addresses a policy gap at the macro level and provides information and suggestions to legislators in order to close that gap
Community advocacy. When a social worker represents the needs of a community at the mezzo level by engaging in group-oriented activities, such as holding a town meeting to educate the neighborhood about a particular issue they are facing
Reflecting as a social worker, what are the benefits to engaging in an act of advocacy? Are there risks associated with being an advocate? Do the risks ever outweigh the need to advocate for what is just?