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The Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology: Leadership, Vision, and Action provides counseling psychology students, educators, researchers, and practitioners with a conceptual “road map” of social justice and social action that they can integrate into their professional identity, role, and function. It presents historical, theoretical, and ethical foundations followed by exemplary models of social justice and action work performed by counseling psychologists from interdisciplinary collaborations. The examples in this Handbook explore a wide range of settings with diverse issues and reflect a variety of actions.

Marginalized Communities in the United States: Oppression, Social Justice, and the Role of Counseling Psychologists
Marginalized communities in the United States: Oppression, social justice, and the role of counseling psychologists

This section focuses on ways that counseling psychologists can support members of marginalized communities in the United States through social action. Tatum (1997) identified the “seven categories of ‘otherness’ commonly experienced in U.S. society” (p. 22) as race/ethnicity gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and physical/mental ability, with the respective oppressions of racism, sexism, religious oppression/anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, and ableism. Oppressed groups experience exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence, although the degree and form of these aspects of oppression may vary across different groups (Young, 1990). The chapters in this section address the ...

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