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Introduction to the special section.

It is with great pleasure that I write this introduction to the special section on social justice counseling, education, and advocacy in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling. First, the full credit for this significant contribution to the professional discourse on social justice advocacy goes to Dr. Michael D'Andrea, who has accepted this challenge with enthusiasm and vigor. As a role model for professional advocacy, Dr. D'Andrea's commitment to social justice issues is a calling to us all for more action and more visibility in both public policy and private and professional decision making. Dr. D'Andrea accepted full responsibility for this special section by giving feedback to proposal authors, working with the reviewers and manuscript authors, and providing each manuscript with its final polish. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work, dedication, and diligence that brought this special section into existence.

Furthermore, the reviewers who contributed their time and energy to the refinement of these articles must be acknowledged with gratitude:

Linda L. Autry

Amber Bach

Carolyn Berger

Jeremy Berry

Michael Brubaker

Karen D. Cathey

Diane Clark

Gloria Dansby-Giles

Keran Deli

James Devlin

Savitri Dixon-Saxon

Mary Fawcett

Michelle R. Ghoston

Dana Griffin

Stephanie Hall

Natoya Hill

Harvey Hoyo

Esther Hutchison

Tracy Hutchinson

Sandra L. Kakacek

Muthoni Kimemia

Alan Lenz

Belinda Lopez

Rebecca G. McBride

Deborah L. McGriff

Stella Michael-Makri

Erika Nash

Sejal Parikh

Erika Perry

Maria I. (Marisa) Reyes

Cynthia Rice

Patricia Robey

Karen Rowland

Helen Runyan

Sharon Silverberg

Martha Singleton

Hilda Smith

Janee Steele

Roy Sutherland

Krissy Taylor

Mary Templeton

Darrick Tovar-Murray

Jason Vannest

Nicole Vasilas

Stephanie M. Webster

Kristi Wyatt

Yeowon Yoon

Petra Zaidi

As a short preface to this subject, it must be acknowledged that humanism, as a philosophy and practice of counseling, is about awakening the full potential of the client, facilitating the empowerment and encouragement of each individual. This is our professional, ethical, and moral responsibility, and this responsibility is not to be taken lightly. Power and courage must go hand in hand if social justice advocacy is to occur. Each of us as professionals, as humans, must embrace our power and join our voices to those of our clients to advocate for anyone who is oppressed and deprived of access to opportunities.

We work with such persons every day--from those who endure the stigma surrounding mental health issues; to those who live in poverty; who are homeless; who are in prison; who live without privilege because of race, first language, sexual orientation, gender, age, physical health, religion--the list goes on. This special section of the journal is not about what we "might" do of what "could be a good idea"--this special section is about the moral imperative to advocate for others who are not treated justly. As you read each article, consider what could be if each of us, individually and collectively, accomplished one act each day as an advocate for someone who is oppressed.

Each day, one act. Such a force could change the world.


Colette T. Dollarhide, Counselor Education and School Psychology, Ohio State University. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Colette T. Dollarhide, Counselor Education and School Psychology Ohio State University, 305 West 17th Avenue, PAES Building, Room A446, Columbus, OH 43210-1124 (e-mail:
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Author:Dollarhide, Colette T.
Publication:Journal of Humanistic Counseling
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Date:Sep 22, 2011
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