In the Human Services field our primary method of work would be advocating for others. Whether it’s through connecting clients with resources or talking to someone on the client’s behalf, a good chunk of the work involves communicating. With that being said, our verbal and nonverbal cues make a huge difference in how we communicate with clients and our peers. Its crucial that we study that body in this field to become the best communicators that we can possibly be. Our bodies play a huge part in this field because whats going on with it depends on what kind of services we can provide to said body, this is why it is important that we study said bodies. “The tools of bodylore unpack how the body is used in communication, culture, social meaning, and identity. When viewed as its own “cultural scene” or “text,” the body exists in the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, and many other identities”. For example, someone with body dysmorphic disorder would go to a therapist as asspose to say a Victim Advocate who deals with domestic violence victims. The body is extremely important in this field because it determines what services a client should seek and how those services should be given in the first place.
With all this being established there are certain push backs to body studies within the Human Services field. Traditionally, the Human Services field has been conservative, only recently incorporating populations like the LGBTQ community and people of color. These populations have just started being addressed in human services programs as special populations that have to be worked with in different specific ways. The Human Services field looks at the body as just that, a body, when it should be looking at the more bigger picture.
Brandon Antonio is a graduate student at Old Dominion University who loves naps and sex. In his free time you can catch him at your local mall spending money on things he cannot afford. You can also catch him in your local FaceBook comment section arguing that gender is INDEED a SOCIAL CONSTRUCT. Brandon received his B.S. in Human Services and hopes to one day open a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for others.