ERIC Number: EJ779517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Multicultural Competence, Social Justice, and Counseling Psychology: Expanding Our Roles
Vera, Elizabeth M.; Speight, Suzette L.
Counseling Psychologist, v31 n3 p253-272 2003
The construct of multicultural competence has gained much currency in the counseling psychology literature. This article provides a critique of the multicultural counseling competencies and argues that counseling psychology's operationalization of multicultural competence must be grounded in a commitment to social justice. Such a commitment necessitates an expansion of our professional activities beyond counseling and psychotherapy. While counseling is one way to provide services to clients from oppressed groups, it is limited in its ability to foster social change. Engaging in advocacy, prevention, and outreach is critical to social justice efforts, as is grounding teaching and research in collaborative and social action processes.
Descriptors: Social Action, Counselor Training, Social Change, Justice, Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counselor Role, Criticism, Prevention, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism
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