Goal Centered Advocacy: Ensuring Long-Term Success for Short-Term Clients
As Crisis Advocates, our overall goal is to enable clients to take control of their lives and future and move from “victim” to “survivor.” In this line of work, advocates and clients face a unique challenge of a short timeframe to address long-term needs. Goal-Centered Advocacy is an outcome-based empowerment advocacy tool for survivors of crime and trauma specifically geared towards their time-limited work with advocates. Focusing on 8 long term goals for success that have been identified by analyzing data and feedback of our clients served; Safety, Support, Housing, Financial, Dependent Needs, Legal, Transportation, Medical Resources. Clients personalize their objective and measurable goals which are pertinent to their situation to work towards autonomy and the identified outcome for each chosen goal. In Goal Centered Advocacy, Advocates provide options, referrals, and information, so a client can make informed and intentional decisions for themselves within our limited time frame of work together. This presentation will involve a “round table” discussion and hands-on resource sharing to learn about Goal Centered Advocacy and how to incorporate it into your organization's methods of advocacy as well as a practical application portion with mock clients using Goal Centered Advocacy in action. The Estes Valley Crisis Advocate team will bring their current forms and folders used in Goal Centered Advocacy to share with attendees.