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ERIC Number: EJ1114071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
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ISSN: EISSN-2164-3989
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An Exploration of Career Counselors' Perspectives on Advocacy
Fickling, Melissa J.
Professional Counselor, v6 n2 p174-188 2016
Advocacy with and on behalf of clients is a major way in which counselors fulfill their core professional value of promoting social justice. Career counselors have a unique vantage point regarding social justice due to the economic and social nature of work and can offer useful insights. Q methodology is a mixed methodology that was used to capture the perspectives of 19 career counselors regarding the relative importance of advocacy interventions. A two-factor solution was reached that accounted for 60% of the variance in perspectives on advocacy behaviors. One factor, labeled "focus on clients," emphasized the importance of empowering individual clients and teaching self-advocacy. Another factor, labeled "focus on multiple roles," highlighted the variety of skills and interventions career counselors use in their work. Interview data revealed that participants desired additional conversations and counselor training concerning advocacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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