Title

Social Justice Identity

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Stephanie Hoover

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Social justice is important to the counseling profession, but little is known about social justice identity (SJID). A feminist-constructivist grounded theory design was implemented to explore the meaning of mental health counselors’ SJID. With purposeful sampling, 20 mental health counselors from a social justice-oriented agency participated in focus groups and follow-up interviews. Analysis yielded four themes about the meaning of social justice identity: a) SJID requires internal reflexivity; b) SJID is ingrained in oneself; c) SJID involves investment in people’s lives; and d) SJID facilitates using one’s position of power to promote social change. Findings are illustrated with participant quotes.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Social Justice Identity

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Social justice is important to the counseling profession, but little is known about social justice identity (SJID). A feminist-constructivist grounded theory design was implemented to explore the meaning of mental health counselors’ SJID. With purposeful sampling, 20 mental health counselors from a social justice-oriented agency participated in focus groups and follow-up interviews. Analysis yielded four themes about the meaning of social justice identity: a) SJID requires internal reflexivity; b) SJID is ingrained in oneself; c) SJID involves investment in people’s lives; and d) SJID facilitates using one’s position of power to promote social change. Findings are illustrated with participant quotes.