Teaching Social Justice in Counseling Psychology

Abstract

Recent years have witnessed increased calls from counseling psychology to include social justice competencies in the training
of future practitioners. Integration of social justice awareness, advocacy skills, and opportunities for social change action
are needed extensions of the field’s commitment to multicultural competency. Classroom teaching is a key component of transforming
counseling psychology curricula and of developing students’ awareness of the value of social justice perspectives, yet pedagogical
applications are rarely present in the literature. This article provides a case example of the integration of social justice
and multicultural consciousness across the curriculum of one counseling psychology program. It highlights examples of innovative
pedagogical techniques within a variety of core courses. We present specific examples of readings and nontraditional teaching
approaches to promote social justice consciousness, including experiential exercises, self-reflection opportunities, use of
video and online discussions, and assignments.

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