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This third book in the Prevention Practice Kit introduces the topics of social justice and cultural relevance in prevention practice—and increasingly important trend in the 21st century. Covering a wide range of research in this field, the authors skillfully help the readers understand, design, and implement social justice-driven, culturally relevant prevention efforts.

The book presents concrete examples of programs that attempt to address issues of social injustice and cultural relevance. These examples are based on the authors' real world experiences engaging in culturally responsive prevention guided by a social justice agenda. The reader will have opportunities for conversation about some of the more challenging aspects of infusing social justice and cultural relevance into one's prevention efforts, and includes a series of learning exercises to promote these ...

Theoretical Conceptualizations of Cultural Relevance and Social Justice
Theoretical conceptualizations of cultural relevance and social justice

The importance of culture has taken center stage in the mental health professions over the past 20 years. Prior to that time, questions of how culture shaped the psychological experiences of individuals were asked infrequently, and the cultural competence of mental health service providers was rarely discussed. In 1990, Pedersen characterized multiculturalism as the “fourth force” in counseling, referring to its historical importance as a major sea-changing movement. A year later, Speight, Myers, Cox, and Highlen (1991) argued that when one defines culture in an inclusive way (i.e., to include considerations of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability status, etc.), then all counseling constitutes multicultural counseling, asserting ...

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