ERIC Number: ED192178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
A Self-Help Alternative in Student Legal Services Clinics.
National surveys reveal that citizens of all age groups, from school age to adult, are ignorant about the law and its practical use in daily life. The advocate counseling model is an integrative approach combining the elements of legal research and therapeutic counseling in order to teach and guide individuals or groups with institutional problems to act as advocate for themselves affirmatively and assertively. Teaching clients to gain maximum control over their lives is the central goal of the model which utilizes certain aspects of therapeutic counseling, including empathy, problem-solving techniques, decision-making strategies, and provision of an atmosphere of affirmative and assertive actions. As clients develop their self-esteem through this process, they are taught the legal research aspect, i.e., the organization of facts and the documentation of incidents with institutions and their personnel who have caused them grief or injury. Assumptions from therapeutic and advocate counseling models increase, university enrollments decrease, and university principles, which are of use as higher education costs increase, university enrollments decrease, and university student legal services face the problem of meeting student legal problems with less monies and resources. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Student Legal Services Conference, Plenary Session (3rd, Milwaukee, WI, February 23, 1980). Best copy available.