ERIC Number: EJ773716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 37
Reducing Health Disparities: The Perfect Fit for Counseling Psychology
Buki, Lydia P.
Counseling Psychologist, v35 n5 p706-715 2007
This reaction to the Major Contribution presents a conceptualization of health disparities as another form of oppression of marginalized populations in our society. Consistent with this view, health disparities are then situated within a larger, national context, showing that counseling psychologists' involvement is an integral part of a multidisciplinary national effort. Examples of roles that counseling psychologists can take, beyond those related to patient-provider interactions, are presented in the context of cancer health disparities in Latina women. These roles include acting as staff trainer and consultant, patient and community health empowerment coach, patient advocate, and public policy analyst, as well as the traditional roles of health counselor, psychotherapist, and researcher. Finally, the author issues a call for action for counseling psychologists, for whom the amelioration of disparities is a perfect fit.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Psychologists, Counseling Psychology, Public Health, Access to Health Care, Disadvantaged, Counselor Role, Counselor Client Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Females, Minority Groups, Cancer
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States