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Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions

Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions
Research, Theory, and Practice

  • William M. Liu - Counseling Psychology Program, University of Iowa, University of Iowa, USA

October 2010 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions is a supplementary text that is intended for courses in multicultural counseling/prejudice, which is found in departments of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology and human services. The book addresses a topic that is highly relevant in working with minority clients, yet has not received adequate treatment in many core textbooks in this arena.

This book provides a thorough overview of mental health and social class and how social class and classism affect mental health and seeking treatment. Social class and classism cut across all racial and ethnic minority groups and is thus an important factor that needs to be highly considered when working withádiverse clients. The book examines the differences among poverty, classism and inequality and how it affects development across the life span (from infancy through the elder years).

Most importantly, the book offers concrete, practical recommendations for counselors, students, and trainees.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Definition and Focus

The Importance of Social Class in the Helping Professions


The Helping Professions' Poor Understanding of Social Class and Classism

Sociology's Impact on the Helping Professions

Social Class, Socioeconomic Status, Social Status, and Classism

Social Class and Classism Multicultural Competencies

Conclusion and Summary

Chapter 2. Social Class, Classism, and Mental and Physical Health
The Context of Social Class and Classism

The Social Class Health Gradient

Social Class and Mental Health

Implications for Practice

Conclusions and Summary

Chapter 3. Problems in Social Class Measurement and Research
Problems With Current Methods for Understanding Social Class

Categorizing Social Class

How Is Categorizing Accomplished?

Moving Toward Subjectivity of Social Class and Classism

Implications for Practice


Chapter 4. The Social Class Worldview Model
The Context of Economic Cultures

Social Class and Classism Consciousness

Implications for Practice


Chapter 5. Social Class and Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Career-Related Issues
Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Helping Professionals

Social Class and Classism to Inform Our Work With Clients

Empirically Validated and Supported Treatments and Common Factors

Understanding Our Own Biases and Social Class Experiences

Career Counseling

Using Social Class-Based Interventions in Counseling

Implications for Practice


Chapter 6. The Impact of Social Class and Classism on Healthy Psychological Development
Social Class and Classism and Psychological Development

Quality of Child Care

Sleep Habits

Parent and Child Relationships

Impact of Media and Television

Social Class and Classism Traumas

Into Adulthood

Implications for Practice


Chapter 7. Greed, Materialism, and Affluence and Mental Health: The Rich Are Not Immune
Greed, Materialism, and Affluence

Consumption and Being Healthy

Materialism and Consumerism

Other Forms of Commodification and Consumerism


Affluence and Mental Health

Implications for Practice


Chapter 8. Classism, Inequalities, and Poverty
How People Make Meaning of Poverty and Inequality


Economic Resources, Economic Privilege, Economic Entitlement

The Psychology of Privilege and Entitlement


White Trashism

Implications for Practice


Chapter 9. Integrating Social Class and Classism Into Training, Education, and Supervision
Training and Education

Upward Mobility Bias

Becoming Social Class and Classism Competent

Using the Social Class Worldview Model (SCWM-R) as a Training Tool

Training Experiences and Supervision

Privilege and Power


Chapter 10. Social Class, Classism, Advocacy, and Social Justice
Definitions and Contexts of Social Justice, Advocacy, and Empowerment Work


Social Justice and Social Class and Classism




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