A Glimpse into Using a Social Justice Lens in the Therapy Room: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Title: A Glimpse into Using a Social Justice Lens in the Therapy Room: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Description: The term “Social Justice” has been part of our lexicon for some time now. But what does it mean? What does it mean to us? Societal events within the last couple of has forced some to further examine those questions and analyze what it means within the context of our modern society.There is a scarcity of Canadian literature on the application of social justice principles in counselling psychology practice (Kennedy & Arthur, 2014). The discussion has largely focused on how identity and marginalization enter into case conceptualizing and actions that can be taken outside of the therapy room (Pare, 2014).However, little emphasize is on how a social justice application occurs within conversations between therapists and clients within Canadian literature. Ideally, therapists feel prepared to deal with the potential impact that their own culturally mediated worldviews and assumptions will have on their work with clients after their training, however, it is commonly reported by therapists that they become aware of their assumptions and culturally mediated worldviews when clients begin to discuss their own backgrounds and cultural experiences in therapy (Rosa, 2019). Little has been identified around how therapists are navigating the shared dialogue between therapist and client through a social justice lens (Pare 2014, 2019).

Specifics: Study Population:
Registered mental health professionals with a background in counselling psychology and a commitment to social justice.

Participant Obligation:
To complete a one hour interview via Zoom video call and be willing to share stories and details about their work with clients.A follow up phone call we also be scheduled to discuss interview themes with the research lead.

Your participation in this research will contribute to a better understanding of how counsellors deal with and manage social justice issues in conversations with clients during therapy sessions. The hope for this research is that it will help current and future registered mental health professionals understanding how to navigate the complexities that arise when social justice issues enter the therapy room.

Email Angela Chieco (lead researcher) at achieco1@athabasca.edu if you are interested in participating!

Location: online - Calgary

Project lead: Dr. Melissa Jay

Study Dates: June 1, 2021 to September 1, 2021