Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference Keynote Address: Counselling Psychology at the Crossroads: Discipline or Social Movement
Due to the work of a small number of dedicated counselling psychologists, in 1986 the Canadian Psychological Association’s Section on Counselling Psychology was established. Since that time, the Section has reached a number of important milestones such as, the accreditation of counselling psychology programs, the establishment of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the development and approval of the official definition of counselling psychology, the Inaugural Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference, and the creation of the Section’s archive. Additionally, there have been a number of formative articles published in Canadian Psychology, including articles about identity and the first Special Section of within an Issue of Canadian Psychology on Counselling Psychology, as well as, the first edited book entirely devoted to Canadian counselling and counselling psychology. While, this work has laid an important foundation for the field, Counselling Psychology as a discipline is at the crossroads. The history and contributions of counselling psychologists highlight that counselling psychology has been innovative in the field of psychology, especially in the areas of career psychology, feminism, multiculturalism, social justice, and qualitative research. As other disciplines within psychology begin to take on topics that historically have been the domain of counselling psychology, moving forward; What needs to happen to ensure that counselling psychologists continue to be innovators and forward thinkers in psychology? This keynote applies social movement, advocacy, and activist frameworks to challenge the current state of the discipline, and to implore counselling psychologists to challenge the status quo and continue to be leaders and innovators in psychology.
counselling psychology, social justice
Sinacore, A. L. (2018). Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference Keynote Address: Counselling Psychology at the Crossroads: Discipline or Social Movement