Consultation has been identified by psychology scholars as a corresponding model of practice for counselors who act as advocates of social justice. As for professional psychologist counselors, consultation thus entails representing an identified client, who may be a student, through communication, and dealings with other stakeholders in the welfare of the identified client. The interaction may also be carried out with other professional consultee, who may either be an identified organization or system, which serves the client. This paper discusses consultation and advocacy as ways through which professional psychologists can make their contributions to the society.
According to Moe, Perera-Diltz, and Sepulveda (2010), as professional counselors, psychologists are expected to incorporate the responsibility of advocating for social justice into their primary identity to assist in redressing the past and present marginalized populations’ oppression and repression by the society. The current advocacy ideas emphasize the importance of self-reflection on the personal relation to repression within socio-political background of the dominant culture. Personally, I have learned in counseling that counselors should consider the responsibility they have as professionals in environments with dominant cultures.
Counselors are supposed to bring together the responsibility of social change agents ad healers within the society. In addition, while acting for their determined clients, including the clients marginalized and oppressed, counselors should encourage and promote systematic change, which is pro-social and macro-level. As a developing counselor, I have passion in integrating both responsibilities of acting as an agent of social change as well as healing the affecting areas in the society caused by dominant culture (Moe, Perera-Diltz, & Sepulveda, 2010).
As an individual I have evaluated critically myself and realized that the standards and values