Social Justice in Counseling Psychology: Then, Now, and Looking Forward

Cirleen DeBlaere, Anneliese A. Singh, Melanie M. Wilcox, Kevin O. Cokley, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Dominick A. Scalise, Lamise Shawahin

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In this article, a diverse group of early, mid, and advanced career scholars call for counseling psychology to continue to evolve in our integration of social justice action in our field. In doing so, we first consider our history as proponents and enactors of social justice, highlighting the ways in which counseling psychologists have served as social justice leaders in psychology. We then discuss our field’s contemporary challenges to, and opportunities for, social justice progress as we work toward equity and justice. Finally, we offer recommendations for counseling psychologists individually and as a field to move forward in our social justice action. Given our longstanding social justice values and our unique training as counseling psychologists, if we aim with intentionality to use our skills toward systems change, counseling psychologists are poised to have a strong and proactive role as social change agents within psychology and society at large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-962
Number of pages25
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • content
  • multicultural counseling competencies
  • social justice
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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