White Supremacy and Counseling Psychology: A Critical–Conceptual Framework ψ

Patrick R. Grzanka, Kirsten A. Gonzalez, Lisa B. Spanierman

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    Abstract

    The mainstreaming of White nationalism in the United States and worldwide suggests an urgent need for counseling psychologists to take stock of what tools they have (and do not have) to combat White supremacy. We review the rise of social justice issues in the field of counseling psychology and allied helping professions and point to the limits of existing paradigms to address the challenge of White supremacy. We introduce transnationalism as an important theoretical perspective with which to conceptualize global racisms, and identify White racial affect, intersectionality, and allyship as three key domains of antiracist action research. Finally, we suggest three steps for sharpening counseling psychologists’ approaches to social justice: rejecting racial progress narratives, engaging in social justice-oriented practice with White clients, and centering White supremacy as a key problem for the field of counseling psychology and allied helping professions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)478-529
    Number of pages52
    JournalCounseling Psychologist
    Volume47
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2019

    Keywords

    • allies
    • emotions
    • intersectionality
    • racism
    • social justice

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Applied Psychology

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