Social Justice, Diversity and Leadership

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Tribe, R. and Bell, D. 2017. Social Justice, Diversity and Leadership. European Journal of Counselling Psychology. 6 (1), pp. 111-125.
AuthorsTribe, R. and Bell, D.
Abstract

This paper will discuss what is meant by social justice in relation to counselling psychology specifically and psychology generally within the
UK, as well as briefly considering social justice in the wider context. It will discuss if there is a role for counselling psychologists and
psychology in promoting social justice through challenging social inequalities and promoting anti-discriminatory practice. It will review the
role of counselling psychology in potentially foregrounding inclusive practice which celebrates diversity and provides leadership on this
issue. It will then discuss the possible skills and theories psychologists have at their disposal to undertake work which promotes social
justice and equality and takes into consideration human rights. It will provide a range of examples of where psychologists have undertaken
social justice work using their training and skills and provided leadership in a range of contexts outside the consulting room. The paper will
argue that taking an active leadership role to encourage the promotion of social justice is at the centre of our work as a profession, a
division and as individual counselling psychologists. Counselling psychology has traditionally put individual therapeutic work at the centre of
training and whilst this work is important, this paper will argue that there are numerous other roles and tasks which psychologists could
usefully be involved with. These would help ensure that the requirements of service users/experts by experience (EBE) are met and that
the context of their lives are foregrounded at the micro (individual) as well as the macro (contextual) level. This may require counselling
psychologists to take a wider holistic or systemic perspective and understanding, advocating or intervening in relation to the structural and
contextual issues which may give rise to psychological distress, and thereby promote social justice.

JournalEuropean Journal of Counselling Psychology
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 111-125
ISSN2195-7614
Year2017
PublisherPsychOpen
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5964/ejcop.v6i1.145
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Print22 Dec 2017
Online31 Oct 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Oct 2017
Accepted29 Jun 2017
Accepted29 Jun 2017
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