WEBINAR RECORDING: Advocating for Social Justice in Our Career Practice


Presenter: Kathy M. Evans


Webinar Description: Social justice problems permeate our society. Specifically for career professionals, these problems include higher than average unemployment rates for marginalized individuals, hiring, firing, evaluating, and promoting decisions, harassment (sexual, racial, cultural, religious), and salary discrimination.

Career professionals are needed to help clients prepare for injustices they may encounter, support clients on career decisions they make regarding the injustices they experience, and provide resources for clients to help them in their decision-making regarding discrimination. Counselors may choose to do social justice work not only with individual clients but also with employers, communities, even on a national scale.

Career preparation programs help practitioners with knowledge and understanding of cultural differences but fall short on offering training on how they can help with social justice issues such as discrimination and harassment. To help close the gap, this webinar will cover the breadth of social justice issues that career professionals might encounter, a review of social justice competencies, a discussion of the reasons professionals do not engage in social justice work, overcoming those obstacles, and suggestions on actions we can take at the individual, group, community, and national levels.

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