Person-Centered Teacher Advocates as Culture Brokers


McCann, Tricia and Neville, Bernie


This paper explores the application, by teachers, of the person- centered counseling approach, within an ethnically diverse educational population, to investigate how students may feel heard, express their concerns and become empowered in their learning. The central focus of this paper, revolves around the application of the Advocacy model, a school-based, person-centered system, designed to support disengaged adolescent students. The case-study o f an individual student, illustrates how the person-centered approach, may contribute to addressing the complex experiences ofadolescent

students, who are attempting to negotiate the space between their traditional culture and the alien and confusing culture ofthe school. The terms advocacy and culture-broker will be addressed in this paper.