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ERIC Number: EJ1215753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-2164-3989
Integrating Social Justice Advocacy into Mental Health Counseling in Rural, Impoverished American Communities
Crumb, Loni; Haskins, Natoya; Brown, Shanita
Professional Counselor, v9 n1 p20-34 2019
This phenomenological study explored the experiences of 15 professional counselors who work with clients living in impoverished communities in rural America. Researchers used individual semi-structured interviews to gather data and identified four themes that represented the counselors' experiences using the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies as the conceptual framework to identify the incorporation of social justice and advocacy-oriented counseling practices. The themes representing the counselors' experiences were: (1) appreciating clients' worldviews and life experiences, (2) counseling relationships influencing service delivery, (3) engaging in individual and systems advocacy, and (4) utilizing professional support. The counselors' experiences convey the need to alter traditional counseling session delivery formats, practices, and roles to account for clients' life experiences and contextual factors that influence mental health care in rural, impoverished communities. Approaches that counselors use to engage in social justice advocacy with and on behalf of rural, impoverished clients are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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