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Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions
Research, Theory, and Practice



October 2010 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions is a supplementary text that is intended for courses in multicultural counseling/prejudice, which is found in departments of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology and human services. The book addresses a topic that is highly relevant in working with minority clients, yet has not received adequate treatment in many core textbooks in this arena.

This book provides a thorough overview of mental health and social class and how social class and classism affect mental health and seeking treatment. Social class and classism cut across all racial and ethnic minority groups and is thus an important factor that needs to be highly considered when working withádiverse clients. The book examines the differences among poverty, classism and inequality and how it affects development across the life span (from infancy through the elder years).

Most importantly, the book offers concrete, practical recommendations for counselors, students, and trainees.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
Definition and Focus  
The Importance of Social Class in the Helping Professions  
Research  
The Helping Professions' Poor Understanding of Social Class and Classism  
Sociology's Impact on the Helping Professions  
Social Class, Socioeconomic Status, Social Status, and Classism  
Social Class and Classism Multicultural Competencies  
Conclusion and Summary  
 
Chapter 2. Social Class, Classism, and Mental and Physical Health
The Context of Social Class and Classism  
The Social Class Health Gradient  
Social Class and Mental Health  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusions and Summary  
 
Chapter 3. Problems in Social Class Measurement and Research
Problems With Current Methods for Understanding Social Class  
Categorizing Social Class  
How Is Categorizing Accomplished?  
Moving Toward Subjectivity of Social Class and Classism  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 4. The Social Class Worldview Model
The Context of Economic Cultures  
Social Class and Classism Consciousness  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 5. Social Class and Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Career-Related Issues
Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Helping Professionals  
Social Class and Classism to Inform Our Work With Clients  
Empirically Validated and Supported Treatments and Common Factors  
Understanding Our Own Biases and Social Class Experiences  
Career Counseling  
Using Social Class-Based Interventions in Counseling  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 6. The Impact of Social Class and Classism on Healthy Psychological Development
Social Class and Classism and Psychological Development  
Quality of Child Care  
Sleep Habits  
Parent and Child Relationships  
Impact of Media and Television  
Social Class and Classism Traumas  
Into Adulthood  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 7. Greed, Materialism, and Affluence and Mental Health: The Rich Are Not Immune
Greed, Materialism, and Affluence  
Consumption and Being Healthy  
Materialism and Consumerism  
Other Forms of Commodification and Consumerism  
Consumerism  
Affluence and Mental Health  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8. Classism, Inequalities, and Poverty
How People Make Meaning of Poverty and Inequality  
Racism  
Economic Resources, Economic Privilege, Economic Entitlement  
The Psychology of Privilege and Entitlement  
Classisms  
White Trashism  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 9. Integrating Social Class and Classism Into Training, Education, and Supervision
Training and Education  
Upward Mobility Bias  
Becoming Social Class and Classism Competent  
Using the Social Class Worldview Model (SCWM-R) as a Training Tool  
Training Experiences and Supervision  
Privilege and Power  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 10. Social Class, Classism, Advocacy, and Social Justice
Definitions and Contexts of Social Justice, Advocacy, and Empowerment Work  
Definitions  
Social Justice and Social Class and Classism  
Advocacy  
Empowerment  
Conclusion  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author

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