Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



advocacy, clinical mental health counseling, counseling children, advocacy competencies, trauma-informed

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling


The Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC; Ratts et al., 2016) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) Advocacy Competencies (Lewis et al., 2003; Ratts et al., 2010; Toporek & Daniels, 2018) formalized the advocacy process for counselors. Nevertheless, the literature focused on the advocacy competencies does not provide child client advocacy examples or a concise plan for advocacy efforts for clinical mental health counselors to follow with children. To bridge this gap, this article is in place to describe a new advocacy plan, Trauma-Informed Child Client Advocacy (TICCA), followed by a case study providing context for how this plan can be effectively utilized in a clinical setting with children.



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