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    The Role of Counsellors as Social Justice Advocates

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    This is for a mental health counseling class. It is not an essay. Just need some notes please

    Refer to the cases presented in your reading from the Center for Applied Linguistics: Cultural Orientation Resource Center's "Challenges in Resettlement and Adaptation of Muslim Refugees" and select one that interests you. Imagine that the caseworker has referred the individual, couple or family to you for counseling. Based on your readings, identify and discuss the cultural considerations that would inform your work with the client or clients.

    Describe the counselor's role in promoting social justice.

    Analyze the characteristics and concerns of refugees, both nationally and internationally, as they pertain to culturally competent counseling practices. For example, what are international political and social issues that a counselor should seek to understand about Muslim refugees? What national policies, such as Homeland Security, need to be considered?

    Evaluate the historical/current implications regarding immigration, poverty, and welfare.

    Evaluate the advocacy processes that address institutional racism and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients from diverse populations.

    Address your role as the counselor in the reduction of biases, prejudices, and discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional.

    Explain how counselors can advocate for social justice at the micro (individual/family), meso (school/community), and macro levels (public policy).

    Recommend a strategy that you could employ to promote social justice at each of those levels.

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    Dear Student,
    Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to look at a particular case and present an analysis that shows you have understood the perspective of a case worker. You are also being asked to do so from a perspective that showcases you understand the concept of social justice in practice. I suggest using this simple outline:

    1. Summary of the case - 100 words
    2. Role of counselor & promotion of social justice - 100 words
    3. Concerns of refugees & practice of competent counseling - 100 words
    4. Advocacy against biases, social issues from a macro, micro & mezzo perspective - 100 words
    5. Strategy for social justice promotion - 100 words

    You need to concentrate on the details and the weight of the information you present. If you need to make a far longer paper than 2 pages, then all that you have to do is to add more details. The information below should get you started. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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    In the practice of social psychology, ameliorative practices can be transformative so that psychological principles can be utilised to advocate for as well as achieve social justice. In the work of Maloof, Ross-Sheriff & Asani (2003), they presented a number of cases that showcased issues encountered by practitioners in providing counseling services for American Muslims. The work is focused on this particular population to serve as a guide. I have selected the following case to work on as a way of exploring how best a practitioner can utilize his or her position to help achieve social justice in practice.

    Case Summary

    In Chapter 5, the authors explore the issue with regards to safety and security. In this particular case, a newly come Afghan Immigrant family has found public housing in a low-rent neighborhood in the US. While they found housing, the family and its members found that they were viewed with suspicion and felt unwelcome. They were harassed by having rocks thrown at their home. The children were bullied and called names. The family members felt unsafe and insecure. The case worker got the local authorities involved from the police, the local Muslim community and the local Christian group to help them cope with the situation. The police ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tacking the task (see above) on the role of counsellors as social justice advocates. An outline is suggested and resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.