The relevance of social exclusion and social justice for counseling psychologists

As members of IncLab, we collectively focus on how social exclusion affects psychological well-being. Social exclusion is more than being part of “the in crowd” or not. Social exclusion also includes denial of resources, denied opportunities for advancement, denied acceptability for exerting your agency. Social exclusion is the denied access to power. 

The counseling psychology profession is committed to social justice work and is continually examining what it means to be a psychologist that engages in social justice work. Some of that might mean the work looks differently than conventionally established roles for psychologists. Social justice work requires imagining novel ways to engage with the needs of the community. 

Randolph M. Scott-McLaughlin, II