Social Justice in Counseling Psychology

Nadya A. Fouad and Jeffrey P. Prince

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Social Justice in Counseling Psychology

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This chapter traces the historical roots of social justice in counseling psychology and reviews social justice in counseling psychology practice, training, and research. Social justice advocacy in counseling psychology urges counseling psychologists to use their knowledge and expertise to actively create new opportunities for clients, to change the systems that perpetuate injustice, and to advocate for new policies that will institutionalize equity and fairness. We also identify the challenges and barriers to conducting social justice work, and we highlight some of the ethical issues and dilemmas of social justice work. Finally, we make some recommendations for policy and legislation, and suggest next steps for counseling psychologists to be social justice agents.

Keywords: social justice; multicultural training; multicultural counseling; multicultural research; advocacy

Article.  12563 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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