Synergies for Wellness and Liberation in Counseling Psychology

Ora Prilleltensky

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Several fields within psychology, including counseling psychology, are struggling to promote a social justice agenda. Most efforts concentrate on a critique of existing values, assumptions, and practices. Whereas the level of critique is quite sophisticated, the level of social justice practice is rather embryonic. Critical psychologists have been constructing alternative practices that strive to go beyond the status quo and its critique. This article proposes an agenda for action that is conducive to wellness and liberation at the same time. The authors recommend several steps for advancing such an agenda. They argue that critical psychologists need to promote synergy between and among (a) diverse values, (b) wellness and liberation, and (c) existing critiques within psychology and other fields. To illustrate practical application, the authors discuss these recommendations in the context of people with physical disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-281
Number of pages9
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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