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.
Chapter 34: Confessions of an Abiding Counseling Psychologist
Confessions of an Abiding Counseling Psychologist
“What's the problem?”
“Well we're getting a royal screwin' by an insurance company.”
“What type of policy?” I ask.
“It's a medical policy,” she says. “We bought it five years ago, Great Benefit Life, when our boys were seventeen. Now Donny Ray is dying of leukemia, and the crooks won't pay for his treatment… Well, pardon my French, but they're a bunch of sumbitches.”
“Most insurance companies are,” I add thoughtfully, and Dot smiles at this.
(A liberal excerption from John Grisham's fictitious novel The Rainmaker)
This chapter tells two stories with unfinished endings. The first is a coming-of-age story about one man's aspirations to be an abiding counseling psychologist on matters of social justice. The second story provides an ...