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MULTICULTURAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMPETENCIES TRAINING PROTOCOL FOR COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

[Speaker] Sanchez-corral, Elsa:1
1:UNIVERSIDAD IBEROAMERICANA (Mexico)

Counselors and psychotherapists still follow clinical intervention models which over focus on individual factors, and abstract the person from socio-historical contexts that may adversely affect clients´ mental health and well-being. Practitioners must recognize that addressing client´s negative environmental conditions is part of their ethical/professional responsibility. Specialized training is needed to integrate a multicultural/social justice perspective into their clinical work. A social justice training protocol for counselors/psychotherapists will be presented. This protocol includes five modules of theoretical framework, activities, assignments, readings and resources: 1)Teaching strategies for infusing a Social Justice approach in the clinical field, 2)Inherent bond between social justice and mental health, 3)Practitioner´s awareness of oppression and implications for clinical practice, 4)Research methodologies with a social justice approach, 5)Social justice practitioner´s self-care and professional challenges. The protocol also includes self-assessment surveys, rationale, and online/video material suitable for teaching psychotherapists to infuse a multicultural/social justice perspective into their professional work.
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