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.
Chapter 1: 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 ...