Empirical Research Article
advocacy, social justice, counseling, clinical practice, public policy advocacy
Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling
Limited literature exists that outlines professional counselors experience integrating the public policy arena into their clinical practice. This study examined the lived experience of professional counselors related to public policy advocacy. Through a qualitative, phenomenological analysis five themes emerged: barriers to advocacy, strategies to advocating, issues to advocate for, and influence on clinical practice. Findings suggest that although many counselors are already engaging in advocacy, training is needed to continue the practice. Recommendations are outlined for professional counselors and graduate training programs.
Cox, J. M., & Kakkar, S. (2022). Professional Counselors’ Understanding of Public Policy Advocacy Efforts. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 15(2). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/jcps/vol15/iss2/15