Increasing incidents of social, political, and economic injustice present challenges for clients and counselors. ACA identifies advocacy as an important function of counselors, yet few concrete and comprehensive resources help counselors navigate this role and thrive while doing so. Using the elements of strength, solidarity, strategy, and sustainability, this interactive session will guide attendees through a model and activities for developing their own professional and personal social action plan.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to define an issue for advocacy and illustrate application of at least 5 specific professional counseling skills that would be appropriate in advocating on that issue as well as identify strategies for developing relationships with communities who can serve as expert partners in advocacy around a particular issue.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to reflect professional and personal challenges arising in relation to social issues affecting clients and the counselor and/or in the course of advocacy as well as the cultural complexities of such a role. This will shape their social action and personal sustainability plan for their own health and well-being.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe how to use the S-Quad model and activities as an empowerment intervention with clients, in which circumstances it would be appropriate, and illustrate how clients can use it as a tool for greater agency, self-advocacy and well-being.