Culturally responsive and socially just (CRSJ) counselling

Greetings. I’m very excited to have a new publication coming out through Counselling Concepts Publishing. I’ve been able to bring together several of my passions through the e-book Embracing cultural responsivity and socially justice: Re-shaping professional identity in counselling psychology.

  • This e-book represents an evolution of my own thinking as a life-long learner about culture and social justice, as well as my research, my work with clients and students, and my continuous review of the thinking of others through the professional literature.
  • It is also a collaborative work. I am delighted that many colleagues have included reflections on their work and client stories to bring to life the conceptual and theoretical ideas in the e-book. Their experience in working with clients from many cultural contexts brings a depth and richness to the e-book. The model of culturally responsive and socially just (CRSJ) counselling itself, around which the book is centred, evolved through my thematic analysis of over 20 case studies (some of which are published in this e-book).
  • The e-book reflects current thinking about the intersectionality, fluidity, contextual nature of cultural identities by using a case study format in which both counsellor and client multiple identities are actively considered. Cultural identities are defined broadly to include ethnicity, Indigeneity, age, ability, gender, gender identity, class, sexual orientation, and religion or spirituality. We have all paid particular attention to clients positioned within nondominant social locations.
  • I have chosen an e-book format, because it offers innovation from a teaching and learning perspective. The e-book functions somewhat like a self-contained website. For example, the learning outcomes and key competencies in the model of CRSJ counselling are interlinked to both conceptual and applied practice components of the e-book. This allows the reader to explore a concept like privilege, for example, by navigating back and forth between the model, the glossary definition, the conceptual content on privilege, and examples of client–counsellor stories that exemplify how privilege plays out in practice.

I am very excited to see that this new e-book coming together for use in courses in January 2019 (December 1st publication date). I look forward to using it in my own course at Athabasca University.