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 3: Application: Mechanisms for Creating Culturally Relevant, Social Justice-Oriented Prevention Programs
Application: Mechanisms for Creating Culturally Relevant, Social Justice-Oriented Prevention Programs
What should culturally relevant, social justice-oriented prevention look like and how is it established? We have seen one trend in the prevention field aimed at adapting established programs for use in communities that are different from the populations on which they were designed. While one could argue that implementing these programs in communities whose members are at greater “risk” for developing problems is a socially just endeavor, the kind of culturally relevant, social justice-oriented program we are advocating for involves preventionists doing far more than adapting traditional approaches to “nontraditional” communities. Rather, we believe that a “grassroots” approach, encouraged by Kenny and Romano (2009), Reiss and ...