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 conversations.
This book is part of the Prevention Practice Kit: Action Guides for Mental Health, a collection of eight books each authored by scholars in the specific field of prevention and edited by Dr. Robert K. Conyne and Dr. Arthur M. Horne. The books in the collection conform to the editors' outline to promote a consistent reading experience. Designed to provide human services practitioners, counselors, psychologists, social workers, instructors, and students with concrete direction for spreading and improving the practice of prevention, the series provides thorough coverage of prevention application including a general overview of prevention, best practices, diversity and cultural relevance, psychoeducational groups, consultation, program development and evaluation, evidence base, and public policy.
This book is endorsed by the Prevention Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Fifty percent of all royalties are donated to Division 17 of the APA.
Social justice and cultural relevance have become increasingly popular topics in the prevention literature. Scholarship on these topics is also becoming more commonplace throughout the gamut of mental health professions, suggesting that an agenda that includes social justice and cultural relevance may be a significant trend in the 21st century. This trend is long overdue for reasons that will be explored throughout this volume. However, understanding the importance of social justice and cultural relevance to the field of prevention begins with a delineation of the ways in which these concepts have been defined in the existing mental health literature.
A variety of definitions of social justice exist, most of which emphasize ideals of equity and liberty (Stevens & Wood, 1992), but a frequently cited definition ...