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ERIC Number: EJ815354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3922
A Response to "Social Privilege, Social Justice, and Group Counseling: An Inquiry": Social Privilege--Counselors' Competence with Systemically Determined Inequalities
Roysircar, Gargi
Journal for Specialists in Group Work, v33 n4 p377-384 Oct 2008
The literature is extensive about explanatory behavioral and social effects with an individual or micro focus. A somewhat less programmatic literature exits in social justice that considers systemic or macro factors: for example, mental health service and its structures that perpetuate inequity and disparity in service delivery. Social privilege arises from macro-level environments wherein certain social identities of race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion are considered normative with perceived natural rights, whereas those not thus privileged are questioned and discredited. The article approaches privilege as a therapist attitudinal variable, a subjective experience as well as perception of entitlement, which can be remediated through the practice of multicultural counseling competencies. As a multicultural competency, group therapists are expected to learn about groups with different social classes, their privileged cultures and feelings of entitlement as opposed to marginalized cultures, and their feelings of disempowerment and disidentification with privileged classes. Group therapists are encouraged to examine their own values, biases, and assumptions that emanate from their middle-class, higher-education standing and to advocate against counseling dynamics that marginalize and oppress group therapy members who are different from other group members as well as from the leader. Social privilege and multicultural competencies are inversely related.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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