Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors August 4, 2012
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This paper discuses the importance of social justice advocacy and consultation in the counseling profession. The introduction is an explanation of social justice advocacy, and the different ways counselors advocate for their clients. Next, I discussed how I see myself related to advocacy as I become a professional within my area of specialization and my belief about the similarities between advocacy and consultation. After that I discussed how advocacy benefits the care provided to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families related to the specific specialty area that I plan to practice. Lastly, I described a hypothetical situation of a child, adolescent, adult, couple, or family, and addressed how a counselors' knowledge of consultation and advocacy could interact with the progression of their counseling experience based on my area of specialization.
Consultation and Advocacy in Counseling
Many counselors (past, present, and future) believe that social justice advocacy has no place in counseling. However, “Scholars propose that integrating a social justice advocacy role into the core identity of professional counselors will help redress past and current societal oppression of marginalized populations” (Moe, Perera-Diltz, & etc, 2010). In 2001 the U.S. Surgeon General’s report emphasized the relationship between mental health and discrimination, poverty, and oppression (Moe, Perera-Diltz, & etc., 2010). Social justice in counseling takes place when counselors strive to simultaneously promote human development and the common good through addressing challenges to both individual and distributive justice (Crethar &Ratts, n.d.). Counselors can do this in...