The role of the psychologist in advocacy for the handicapped

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Advocacy is a service independent of generic treatment services provided to the mentally handicapped. It is emerging because of the need for changes in mental health. There is both a compelling need and opportunity for psychologists to become advocates for the mentally handicapped. It is commented that it is a role, however, too seldom played by psychologists and that this underrepresentation is a disservice to both psychologists and their clients. The rationale for casting psychologists as advocates is examined, and an example of interdisciplinary advocacy is presented. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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