Multicultural Counseling: Perspectives from Counselors as Clients of Color

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9
Drum Majors for Justice
Social Justice Efforts for
Women and People of Color

ARETHA FAYE MARBLEY, RACHELLE BERG,
GREG JOHNSTON, SHARHONDA CRYSTAL
KNOTT DAWSON, and JULIE MERRIMAN

Nothing Short of a Radical Revolution

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major
for justice.

—Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)


THE ENTRANCE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

Multiculturalism has been seen as the fourth force in counseling. This revolutionary force was seen in 1991, when Pedersen edited a special issue on multiculturalism in the Journal of Counseling and Development. Multiculturalism in counseling has flourished over the past 30 years. Many strides have been made to appreciate the diversity of issues facing counselors when viewing clients through a multicultural lens. The American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (2005) requires that counselors become more aware of the diverse needs of the client, regardless of culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, or religious affiliation. Empirical evidence has provided momentum that continues to support the need for cultural and ethnic sensitivity in mental health professionals.

Yet the maltreatment of groups of color remains buried deep in society and in the consciousness of the mental health field. Multiculturalism has certainly been a

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