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Disrupting injustice: An action plan to mobilize social change within psychology Series, Week 6

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Location: Wolff Conference Room (Room 1103) of the 6 East 16th Street
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Social Justice Cube Exercise

Dr. Richelle Allen, the interim director of the New School Psychotherapy Research Program, will lead a discussion on the various ways in which psychologists can advocate in the field. We will consider how we can work with and on behalf of others, on both a micro and macro level.

Required reading

Pare, D. (2014). Social justice and the word: Keeping diversity alive in therapeutic conversations. Canadian Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 48(3), 206-217.

Mizock, L., & Page, K. V. (2016). Evaluating the ally role: Contributions, limitations, and the activist position in counseling and psychology. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 8(1), 17-33.


Presented by Eugene Lang College for the Arts and The New School for Social Reseach

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


Students, Faculty, Staff


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Education and Learning, Race In The U.S.


The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology





No Cost

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As students in psychology and aspiring clinicians, we feel it is pertinent to provide a space in which to focus not only on multicultural issues, but those pertaining to broader social justice initiatives and concerns. According to Goodman et al. (2004), a social justice approach can be defined as “scholarship and professional action designed to change societal values, structures, politics and practices such that disadvantaged groups gain increased access to these tools of self-determination.”

As a result, we believe it is necessary to expand our focus to include how attention to individual well-being may be contextualized in efforts to promote a more just and equitable society. Our aims, ultimately, are dual and reciprocal: 1) to conceptualize ways in which to incorporate a social justice lens on both a micro level with clients, and also a macro level with advocacy work, and 2) to understand how injustices in a variety of spheres (criminal justice, housing, etc.) affect the well-being of individuals, particularly for those who are disproportionately likely to be oppressed by these systems and who have access to fewer resources.

With this in mind, we have spent several months questioning what a social justice-oriented clinical psychology program might look like. This is just one of the many questions that has framed our “action plan,” an eight-week program of events at the New School, including films, lunchtime talks and readings that cover a range of issues from white supremacy to reproductive justice. Our focus includes both consciousness-raising initiatives, and exercises to explore how our work could be utilized to speak to the lived experiences of the diverse communities we intend to serve. Although our action plan is just a small step towards answering these questions, we hope it will be of use not just to our fellow students at the New School, but also to others, in clinical psychology programs elsewhere. 

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