Challenges of Being an Advocate and Neutral
A mediator is an independent third party who facilitates communication between two or more people to reach a consensus over certain conflict. Therefore a mediator is not a decision maker. An important element that constitutes the ethical and legal responsibility of a mediator is confidentiality. All information that mediator obtains from the involved parties should be kept secret unless otherwise. The process of mediation is challenging due to personal beliefs and values but it is paramount for the mediator to be neutral for purposes of integrity in the mediation process. To secure and maintain the going concern of the mediation process, it’s important for the mediator to overcome all the ethical, legal and moral challenges that face their work and at all times remain neutral. If incase one or both parties in the mediation process feels or perceives that the mediator is not neutral and impartial, they are obligated to withdraw from the process and seek services of another counsel (AAM 2008).
Advocates and mediators are vital in the human service fields because of limited knowledge that people have on interaction issues. Since there is a knowledge gap in people interaction process of identifying their rights and responsibilities, advocates and mediator are important to fill this vacuum and provide channels of communication for conflict arbitration.
Individual approach and personal philosophy
It is inevitable for a society to live without an advocate or a mediator. Therefore, people should confer faith on their professional services concerning issues like Planned Parenthood or adult probations without any personal objections. For a mediator to be impartial in mediation process there should not be conflict of interests and the process should be free from personal belief or value influence.