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The Handbook of Social Justice in Psychological Therapies

The Handbook of Social Justice in Psychological Therapies
Power, Politics, Change

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October 2023 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are you looking for a psychological therapy textbook with social justice at its centre? Just can't seem to find a comprehensive textbook that aligns with your attitudes toward positive changes in psychological professions?

This three-part book sets out the core principles for social justice in the psychological therapies. In Part 1 you'll be introduced to Social Justice Theory in the psychological therapies, covering identity and intersectionality and integrating the psychological and socio-political.

In Part 2, you can expand on your knowledge with Social Justice informed therapeutic practice, which looks at the ways in which social class, race, disability, and other minoritised identities can inform therapeutic practice.

In Part 3, you will look Beyond the therapy room, and explore how to apply your social justice knowledge to clinical supervision, community psychology and other non-traditional therapeutic models.

Supported by a wealth of features including reflective and critical thinking questions, case studies, and recommended further reading resources, this book will help equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitude to work as a more socially conscientious practitioner.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Social Justice in the Psychological Therapies
Chapter 2: Engaging with Minoritised and Racialised Communities ‘Inside the Sentence
Chapter 3: Identity and Intersectionality
Chapter 4: The Individual in Context
Chapter 5: Integrating the Psychological and the Socio-Political: A Directional Framework
Chapter 6: Core Principles for Social Justice Informed Therapeutic work
Chapter 7: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Racially Minoritised Individuals
Chapter 8: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Social Class
Chapter 9: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Visible and Invisible disabilities
Chapter 10: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Neurodiversity
Chapter 11: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Gender
Chapter 12: Social Justice Informed Therapy and Sexuality
Chapter 13: Social Justice Informed Therapy with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Chapter 14: Therapy in the Shadow of the Climate and Environmental crisis
Chapter 15: Advocacy and Working with Individual Clients Beyond Traditional Therapy Models
Chapter 16: Social Justice in Clinical Supervision
Chapter 17: Critical Community PSYCHOLOGY & PARTICIPATORY Action Research
Chapter 18: Influencing Policy and Socio-Political Change

Like all effective activist organizers, the editors have courageously utilised their platforms as leaders in the field to demistify social justice education, and, successfully collate a diverse ecosystem of contributors. Each contributor uniquely evokes, provokes, and mobilises the reader to take seriously the lifelong project of interrogating power relations, politics and social change.  

I would consider this text akin to Wilkinson and Pickett’s the “The Spirit Level” applied to the psychological therapies, as a primer for purpose-orientated readers. This text offers hope to those wanting to make a positive impact in their communities as everyday ‘change agents’, by channeling their human potential for healing, advocacy and solidarity.    

Dr Jonathan Day (PsychD), Senior Counselling Psychologist (HCPC reg.)
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, and, member of the Therapy and Social Change (TaSC) Network.

“The Handbook of Social Justice in Psychological Therapies” is very important and a much needed position.
It is not only an excellent read but it also provides the reader with the depth of knowledge on social justice. It is very empowering and informative.
Fantastic structure and links with practice (particularly useful are the Case Studies positioned at the end of chapters).
I feel grateful for the authors for exploring the subject of social justice in psychological therapies. Considering these exceptional times we are living in, this book is an essential read when trying to gain a better understanding of our clients’ lives and challenges they come across.

Mrs Maria Thrasivoulou
Social Science, University of Derby Radiography
December 7, 2023

This is a superb guide to issues in social justice. It will be on the reading list from Level 3 up in next year's handbooks.

Mr William Humphreys
Psychology, Bridgwater & Taunton College
March 26, 2024

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