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Training Psychotherapists as Agents of Social Justice

Courtland Lee

Social justice has become a crucial concept in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. It can be considered the "fifth force" in psychotherapeutic practice, following the paradigms of the psychodynamic approach, the cognitive/behavioural approach, humanism/existentialism, and multiculturalism. Approaching psychotherapy from a social justice perspective can be perceived as the next logical evolutionary step from multiculturalism- a move from understanding the experiences of oppressed and/or marginalised client groups toward social action with the goal of achieving social equity for these groups. 

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Courtland Lee

Courtland Lee is a Professor in the Department of Counselling at the University of Malta. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of six books on multicultural counseling and two books on counseling and social justice. He is also the author of three books on counseling African American males. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on counseling across cultures.
Professor Lee is the Past-President of the International Association for Counselling. He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the only American to receive this honor.
Professor Lee is also a Fellow and Past President of the American Counseling Association. He is also a past President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. In addition, Professor Lee is a past President of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society. He is a charter member of Chi Sigma Iota’s Academy of Leaders for Excellence.
Professor Lee is the former editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and currently serves on the Council of Consulting Elders for that journal. He served on the editorial board of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling and was a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development.
Professor Lee has held faculty positions as a counsellor educator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland at College Park. A former teacher and school counsellor, Professor Lee serves as an international educational consultant.

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