Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


advocacy, social justice, counseling, clinical practice, public policy advocacy

Subject Area

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.



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