Psychology, Poverty, and the End of Social Exclusion Putting Our Practice to Work

ISBN-10: 0807751243
ISBN-13: 9780807751244
Edition: 2010
Authors: Laura Smith
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 8/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Laura Smith argues that if there is any segment of society that should be concerned with the impact of classism and poverty, it is those within the helping professions”—people who have built their careers around understanding and facilitating human emotional well-being. In this groundbreaking book, Smith charts the ebbs and flows of psychology’s consideration of poor clients, and then points to promising new approaches to serving poor communities that go beyond remediation, sympathy, and charity.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What is Social Class?
Setting the Stage: Social Class and Multicultural/Social Justice Competence
The Silence Around Social Class
Approaches to Social Class Analysis
A Framework for Social Class
Social Class Membership: A Dimension of Sociocultural Identity
Classism
A Social Justice Framework
Looking at Classism Now
Putting It All Together: Seeing Classism Within a Social Justice Framework
The Implications of Seeing Classism
Poverty in Psychological Scholarship
Poverty Hurts People
Foundations of Economic Injustice in Social and Community Psychology
Practitioners and the Poor
The Causes of the Causes
In Their Own Words: Qualitative Expressions of Life in Poverty
Life Without the Basics
Chaos and Crisis
Stigma and Exclusion
Values and Hopes
Reflecting on These Studies
Psychotherapy and Training in the Context of Poverty: Barriers and Growing Edges
Exploring Classist Attitudinal Barriers to Psychotherapeutic Competence
Addressing Classism and Poverty Within Psychotherapy and Supervision
The Broader Implications of Socially Just Practice and Supervision
Beyond Psychotherapy: Transforming Mental Health Practice in the Context of Poverty
Another Way to Evaluate Interventions: Psychopolitical Validity
Transformed Psychotherapeutic Practice: Relational-Cultural Therapy and Mutuality
Co-Created Therapeutic Experiences
More Different Still: Community Praxis
Can You Imagine?
Parting Thoughts on Poverty, Help, Service, and Action
Poverty Is Social Exclusion
"Helping" the Poor
What Is Researchable Versus What Is Good
Advocacy for Economic Justice Is Advocacy for Psychological Well-Being
References
Index
About the Author

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