Over time in this position, I learned that persons with disabilities were not receiving the same equal rights as their able-bodied counterparts. I did not learn the skills of individual and community advocacy in my counseling training in graduate school. All I remember learning was to tell the client to learn how to live with the injustice and to seek an attorney for advice.
How does this topic apply to fellow counselors?
In today’s world, advocacy for our clients may be needed not only on an individual basis but also for community causes. Many of our clients are facing many issues due to the current economic and social climates. While you can encourage your client to join a community committee for a particular issue, you as counselors can also get involved to serve your community and to learn more about promoting social justice.
Robbin Miller is a counselor who specializes in mindfulness meditation; spiritual counseling; Positive Psychology; and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies; and is also a volunteer cable access producer and co-host of her show, “Miller Chat” in Massachusetts.