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 whom they collaborate, 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
Forward 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
Debra Harkins is a Professor of Education at Suffolk University. Her current research interests include using action-based research and process consultation models with multicultural, underserved, and diverse communities.