Counseling Psychology and the Amelioration of Oppression: Translating Our Knowledge Into Actionψ

Lisa A. Suzuki, Tiffany A. O’Shaughnessy, Gargi Roysircar, Joseph G. Ponterotto, Robert T. Carter

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In the new millennium, counseling psychologists have answered the call to address oppression related to intersectional identities. We have played a major role in the development of practice guidelines and policies, as well as in the application of ethical principles in cultural contexts. The Counseling Psychologist has served to disseminate information addressing needs and interventions for diverse communities. In this article, we review the history and impact of our efforts to ameliorate oppression. The pressing challenges of economic and educational disparities are highlighted along with how counseling psychologists are uniquely situated to meet the needs of the underserved. Our research, training, and practice are anchored in methodological pluralism, global helping paradigms, participatory engagement, and the promotion of liberation and radical healing. We offer recommendations to deconstruct current models and reconstruct a decolonized approach, embrace interdisciplinary collaboration to fight cultural encapsulation, strengthen prevention and advocacy, train a culturally diverse workforce, and prioritize intersectional research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-872
Number of pages47
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • competencies
  • qualitative
  • social justice
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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