chapter  7
12 Pages

Social Justice as the Fifth Force in Counseling

ByCourtland C. Lee

Given the nature of the issues that have the potential to impact human development negatively, it is crucial that leaders in the counseling profession reect on the nature of their helping role. My goal in this chapter is to provide direction for this reective process. I will rst explore the nature of social justice as a theoretical construct and its meaning for counselors and those who aspire to be leaders in the profession. I then examine a developmental process for those leaders who commit themselves to becoming agents of social justice in their life and work. I conclude with a concrete example of how counseling leaders can translate this commitment into action for the benet of clients and society, as well as a set of reective questions on the nature of social justice and advocacy.