Introduction to the special section.
Furthermore, the reviewers who contributed their time and energy to the refinement of these articles must be acknowledged with gratitude:
Linda L. Autry
Karen D. Cathey
Michelle R. Ghoston
Sandra L. Kakacek
Rebecca G. McBride
Deborah L. McGriff
Maria I. (Marisa) Reyes
Stephanie M. Webster
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, EDITOR
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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|Title Annotation:||SPECIAL SECTION: SOCIAL JUSTICE COUNSELING, EDUCATION, AND ADVOCACY|
|Author:||Dollarhide, Colette T.|
|Publication:||Journal of Humanistic Counseling|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2011|
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