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Article 1: Singh, A. A., Hofsess, C. D., Boyer, E. M., Kwong, A., Lau, A. S. M., McLain, M., & Haggins, K. L. (2010). Social justice and counseling psychology: Listening to the voices of doctoral trainees . The Counseling Psychologist, 38(6), 766-795.

Summary: The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand counseling psychology

doctoral trainees’ perceptions of social justice training in their academic programs. Researchers identified major themes of participants’ responses (e.g., promotion of social equality, infusion across training contexts, training opportunities outside of programs, importance of “walking the talk”).

Questions to consider:

  1. Why is social justice training important for counselor trainees?
  2. How prepared are you to work with issues of social justice?
  3. What to do the authors include as important themes in social justice training?

Article 2: Yoder, J. D., Snell, A. F., & Tobias, A. (2012). Balancing multicultural competence with social justice: Feminist beliefs and optimal psychological functioning. The Counseling Psychologist, 40(8), 1101-1132.


Summary: This article conducted a study to identify a multivariate configuration of feminist beliefs best associated with optimal psychological functioning. A canonical correlation analysis revealed a significant multivariate association and yielded three distinct functions: established feminism (the strongest, most positive predictor) and its opposite (antifeminism), awakening feminism (negatively linked to individual well-being), and non-feminist but woman-identified traditionalism (with some compromised wellbeing). The configuration of feminist beliefs that a woman holds, does not hold, and rejects makes a difference for her psychological functioning as well as for the roles counseling psychologists adopt to achieve multicultural competence along with social justice.

Questions to consider:

  1. How does a persons understanding of their feminist beliefs contribute to their worldview?
  2. As a counselor, how can you expand your understanding of feminist theory and incorporate it into your work with clients?