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Social Justice Operational Definiton

An active philosophy and approach aimed at producing conditions that allow for equal access and opportunity; reducing or eliminating disparities in education, health care, employment, and other areas that lower the quality of life for affected populations; encouraging mental health professionals to consider micro, meso, and macro levels in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of client and client systems; and broadening the role of the helping professional to include not only counselor/therapist but advocate, consultant, psycho-educator, change agent, community worker, etc.


Social Justice is an __________ and a ________.....

Awareness of and a commitment to changing the social, economic, political, and cultural forces that shape individual lives...


Social Justice is a commitment to individual human rights and ___________....

A recognition that all people are entitled to moral consideration and that no one is indispensable.....concern for the human, social, and cultural consequences for colonization


Traditional Counseling Interventions: (5 total)

1) the locus of the problem resides in the individual
2) behaviors that violate socially accepted norms are considered maladaptive or disordered
3) remediation or elimination of the problem is the goal
4) the social conscience or status quo guides the determination of normal vs abnormal and healthy vs unhealthy behaviors
5) the appropriate role for the counselor/therapist is to help the client “fit in” and become a good citizen


Social Justice Approach: (5)

1) the locus of the problem may reside in the social justice system rather than the individual
2) behaviors that violate social norms may not be disordered or unhealthy
3) while remediation is important, prevention is a more effective long-term solution
4) social norm and institutional policies and practices that support the status quo should be challenged and changed
5) organizational change requires a macro-systems approach involving roles and skills beyond individual counseling.


The social justice paradigm provides...

.....a theoretical framework for understanding the debilitating impact that oppression has on client’s abilities to reach their potential.


Achieving social justice is both ________ and ________.

A process and a goal.


Social justice uses ________ and ________ as a means to __________.

Social advocacy and activism as a means to address inequitable, social, political, economic conditions that impede the academic, career, and personal and social development of individuals, families, and communities.


“We can’t rely on theories and ways of helping to _____________”

Dismantle the statue quo if the theories we use were built to maintain social order.


Failure to develop a balanced perspective between person and system can ___________ (2 things)

1) result in false attribution of the problem
2) result in an inaccurate and ineffective treatment plan potentially harmful toward the client


Going against policies and procedures of institutions can _________.

Bring about major punitive actions


3 levels of interventions (and who)

1) Micro: Individual, families, groups
2) Meso: communities and organizations
3) Macro: social structures, ideologies, and policies


World Views:

Represent a set of assumptions, attitudes, values and beliefs, rooted in generational traditions and customs, about physical and social reality that have profound effects on how individuals view, interpret, and respond affectively, behaviorally, and cognitively to their perceived roles and responsibilities within a complex social and ecological system


Two psychological orientations that influence the formation or world views: (2 things)

1) Locus of control
2) locus of responsibility


Locus of Control (2 types)

1) internal locus of control
2) external locus of control


Internal locus of control

Refers to a persons beliefs that reinforcements are contingent upon their own actions and that they can shape their fates.


External locus of control

Refers to a person’s beliefs that reinforcing events occur independently of their actions and that the future is determined more by chance and luck.


Locus of responsibility

Measures the degree of responsibility or blame placed on the individual system


2 systems under the locus of responsibility:

1) person-centered orientation
2) system-blame orientation


Person-Centered orientation (definition)

Beliefs that success or failure is attributable to the individual’s skills or personal inadequacies and that there is a strong relationship between ability, effort, and succsss


System-Blame Orientation (definition)

The socio-cultural environment is more important that the individual and success and failure is dependent on the SES vs Personal attributes