Social Justice Training Within Geropsychology: Nontraditional Pedagogies to Cultivate a Competent Workforce

Abstract

Counseling psychology is well positioned to address issues of social justice to meet the needs of marginalized groups such
as older adults. Given the rapid growth of the senior population and an insufficient number of competent professionals to
serve them, it is imperative that counseling psychologists act immediately to develop effective pedagogies to prepare for
the future. This article describes four nontraditional pedagogies that help prepare students to work with older adults: (a)
service-learning (SL) involving undergraduates who provide community service to seniors; (b) an active learning strategy utilizing
a narrative therapy technique, in a multicultural training setting with master’s students; (c) a brief, case-based, interprofessional
training experience for doctoral students; and (d) a hierarchical supervision model with doctoral and master’s students in
a community outreach wellness program. The relevance to social justice training within the counseling psychology profession
is also highlighted.

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