By Rachael D. Goodman, Paul C. Gorski (eds.)
Multicultural counseling and psychology developed as a reaction to the Eurocentrism conventional within the Western therapeutic professions and has been used to problem the Eurocentric, patriarchal, and heteronormative constructs more often than not embedded in counseling and psychology. paradoxically, a few of the practices and paradigms in general linked to “multiculturalism” strengthen the very hegemonic practices and paradigms that multicultural counseling and psychology techniques have been created to right.
In Decolonizing "Multicultural" Counseling via Social Justice, counseling and psychology students and practitioners research this paradox via a social justice lens through wondering and not easy the infrastructure of dominance in society, in addition to by means of demanding ourselves as practitioners, students, and activists to reconsider our commitments. The authors examine the methods well-meaning clinicians could marginalize consumers and give a contribution to structural inequities regardless of multicultural or cross-cultural education, and supply new frameworks and talents to switch the essentializing and stereotyping practices which are common within the box. via addressing the ability imbalances embedded in key components of multicultural idea and perform, members current leading edge equipment for revising learn paradigms, expert schooling, and hands-on perform to mirror a dedication to fairness and social justice. jointly, the chapters during this ebook version transformative perform within the medical institution, the colleges, the neighborhood, and the self-discipline. one of the subject matters lined:
- Rethinking racial id improvement models.
- Queering multicultural competence in counseling.
- Developing a liberatory method of trauma counseling.
- Decolonizing mental perform within the context of poverty.
- Utilizing indigenous paradigms in counseling research.
- Addressing racism via intersectionality.
A mind-opening textual content for multicultural counseling and psychology classes in addition to different foundational classes in counseling and psychology schooling, Decolonizing "Multicultural" Counseling via Social Justice challenges us to permit cross of simplistic techniques, in spite of the fact that well-intended, and to embody a extra transformative method of counseling and psychology perform and scholarship.
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A truly equitable society can only be accomplished through the dismantling of the heteronormative hierarchy altogether (Smith et al. 2012). ” Such a linguistic transformation would introduce a counter-discourse with the fields of counseling and psychology that would not only be a meaningful shift away from tacit support of the heterosexual hierarchy but also result in increased exposure of the discourse of heteronormativity and an emphasis on its interruption. I believe that the fields of counseling and psychology will generate an entire literature of helpful, decolonizing models, action plans, and interventions when they enthusiastically operationalize anti-heteronormative counseling, but for starters I will offer just a few, albeit rather limited, concrete ideas.
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Indeed, I myself have frequently used this language in my own work (Smith 2009a, b). However, upon a critical analysis against the backdrop of heteronormativity, it becomes clear that such language inconspicuously reproduces the heteronormative hierarchy. Consider this: Affirmation of one group by another group is only meaningful when there is sufficient social power held by the ones doing the affirming. In other words, because members of a nondominant group lack social power, if they were to “affirm” a dominant group, the act would be hollow and have little impact or meaning.
Decolonizing “Multicultural” Counseling through Social Justice by Rachael D. Goodman, Paul C. Gorski (eds.)