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1st Edition

Helping to Promote Social Justice

Edited By

Debra A. Harkins

ISBN 9780367518806
Published August 25, 2021 by Routledge
214 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Helping to Promote Social Justice is a richly informed and practical guide for advanced students and young professionals to become helpers capable of promoting social justice with whomever they collaborate with, mentor, serve and consult. Filled with insight and supplemental exercises, the book will direct readers to think critically and reflect on the broader social and political systems that create our current social injustices.

Beginning with a strong theoretical focus on power, social identity and intersectionality, the authors engage with readers’ assumptions on helping, their value systems and their understandings of power and privilege when helping communities in need. The rest of the book focuses on the application of these critical concepts, guiding future helpers to consider how to intervene, assess need, lead, build a team, address conflict and work to promote change from a position of social justice.

Written by academic faculty with expertise in teaching, coaching and consulting, Helping to Promote Social Justice should be considered essential reading for students in social work, psychology and counselling.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Introduction  Part 1. Helping Promote Liberation  1. Going beyond individual helping Debra A. Harkins  2. Deconstructing social identity and intersectionality Kathryn J. Kozak and Debra A. Harkins  3. Learning the role of values in social justice-focused helping Sukanya Ray, Hannah E Robins, Sophia Anyela Joan Kozlowsky, and Yanxi Liu  4. Theorizing power and social justice Kathryn J. Kozak  5. Intervening to support empowerment Lynne-Marie Shea  Part 2. Helping Build Empowering Skills  6. Building a team to support a community Elizabeth Robinson and Debra A. Harkins  7. Leading with heart, hope, and hustle in educational contexts Carmen N. Veloria with Amanda Bernasconi   8. Mentoring to promote social justice Lauren I. Grenier, Elizabeth Robinson, and Debra A. Harkins  9. Teaching for critical research Mary Beth Medvide   10. Training and supervising social justice-oriented clinicians Julia Catlin and Lauren Mizock  Part 3. Helping Expand Social Justice  11. Researching for social justice Mary Beth Medvide  12. Advocating for public policy Christina Athineos and Debra A. Harkins   13. Writing grants for community building Lynne-Marie Shea and Debra A. Harkins   14. Sharing and disseminating Christina Athineos  15. Building a social justice toolkit Lauren I. Grenier and Debra A. Harkins

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Debra A. Harkins is a professor of education and psychology at Suffolk University. Her current research interests include using action-based research and process consultation models with multicultural, underserved and diverse communities.

Kathryn J. Kozak recently received her doctorate in applied developmental psychology at Suffolk University. Her research focuses on ways in which people come to and engage in social justice work.

Lauren I. Grenier is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Suffolk University, where she works in the Community-Action Based Research lab under the mentorship of Dr. Debra A. Harkins. Lauren’s research focuses on social justice and critical experiential pedagogy, particularly in the context of higher education through service-learning.

Lynne-Marie Shea is a fourth-year clinical doctoral student in psychology at Suffolk University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Harkins, Lynne’s clinical work revolves around community-based and systems-focused interventions for in-risk adolescents, and her research focuses on critical consciousness building, civic engagement, and holistic health and wellness.