This manuscript is based on the first author’s dissertation supervised by the second author. We are grateful to the program participants—both advocates and their partners—who collaborated on the creation of the advocacy model described here, helping us think through the ethical, therapeutic, and systemic complexities of Relationship-Centered Advocacy. We are also appreciative of the expert guidance on qualitative description provided by Sandra Mott, faculty member in the School of Nursing at Boston College.
Working With and for: Student Advocates’ Experience of Relationship-Centered Advocacy With Low-Income Women
Version of Record online: 9 APR 2010
© 2010 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 46–60, January 2010
How to Cite
Weintraub, S. R. and Goodman, L. A. (2010), Working With and for: Student Advocates’ Experience of Relationship-Centered Advocacy With Low-Income Women. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80: 46–60. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2010.01006.x
- Issue online: 9 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 9 APR 2010
- students as advocates;
- relationship-centered advocacy
This study describes a qualitative study of student advocates’ experiences of their work with low-income women struggling with symptoms of depression. Using an advocacy model called Relationship-Centered Advocacy, these 1st-year counseling psychology graduate students worked intensively with their “partners” for 9 months. Advocate–partner teams met together each week, developing collaborative relationships and addressing the women’s emotional and material needs in integrated ways. Using qualitative content analysis of participant interviews and journal entries, this study describes emergent themes involving negotiating the advocacy relationship, insider–outsider dynamics, responding to perceptions of privilege and disparity, and gaining professional and personal insights. It concludes with a discussion of the practice and research implications, highlighting the possibilities of Relationship-Centered Advocacy as a new training tool.