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Teaching Social Justice Through Service Learning
Michael J. Maxwell and Richard C. Henriksen, Jr.
One of the latest emphases in multicultural counselor education involves promoting social justice advocacy (Ratts, DeKruyf, & Chen-Hayes, 2007). Although the American Counseling Association (ACA) created and endorsed a set of advocacy competencies (ACA Governing Council, 2003), there appears to be a deficiency in multicultural counselor course curriculum with regards to the promotion of social justice advocacy (Das, 1995; Henriksen & Trusty, 2005; Pack-Brown, Thomas, & Seymour, 2008; Smith-Adcock, Ropers-Huilman, & Choate, 2004; Sue & Sue, 1999). Additionally, Woodard and Lin (1999) noted that there are limited data available on service learning that promotes social justice advocacy in counselor education literature.