What is Social Justice Counseling?
With the rapid diversification of our society, it has become increasingly essential for mental health professions to become competent in multicultural and social justice competencies. Yet, most counselor education programs continue to use traditional counselor training models that are based on European American norms.
As Social Justice Counseling is consider as a “fifth force” followed by the Psycho dynamics, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, and Multicultural counseling, it is beginning to have significant impact on the current counseling theories. Social Justice Counseling theory takes stance that counselors are uniquely positioned to address social justice issues based on the profession’s emphasis on prevention and strength based approach. By doing so it can accomplish a great deal transforming the social structures of our world by acknowledging issues of unequal power, unearned privileges and oppression and how these ink to one’s psycho, social, and spiritual well-being.
This Clinical Supervision group examines client cases through the lenses of Social Justice Counseling and its multifaceted approach in which counselors strive to simultaneously promote human development and the common good through value of counseling itself as a mechanism of social change. 1)ongoing self-examination, 2)sharing power/balancing power in therapeutic relations, 3) finding voice, 4)facilitating consciousness rising, 5) building on strengths, 5) building skills and tools.