Poverty, Mental Health, and Counsellors for Social Justice: Reflections on an Interactive Workshop

  • Cristelle Audet University of Ottawa
  • Sandra Collins Athabasca University
  • Melissa Jay
  • Kathleen Irvine Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • Andria Hill-Lehr Nova Scotia Community College
  • Christina Schmolke
Keywords: Social Justice, Poverty, Mental Health, Counselling, Canada

Abstract

Poverty is a hidden yet pervasive reality affecting the health of many Canadians. Counsellors may not fully grasp the impacts of poverty because of their social and economic privilege. This article summarizes an interactive workshop offered by the Social Justice Chapter at the 2010 conference of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Its purpose is to (a) raise consciousness about Canada’s poor track record in ensuring basic supports for mental and physical well-being of all people and about the impact of poverty on mental health, (b) bring to life the experiences of those living at or below poverty levels, (c) examine the impact of poverty on counselling practice in Canada, and (d) generate momentum for exploring systems-level interventions designed to address these needs.

Author Biographies

Cristelle Audet, University of Ottawa
Assistant ProfessorFaculty of Education
Sandra Collins, Athabasca University
Full Professor, Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines
Kathleen Irvine, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Core Faculty
Andria Hill-Lehr, Nova Scotia Community College
 

Adult learning program counsellor

Published
2014-05-22
How to Cite
Audet, C., Collins, S., Jay, M., Irvine, K., Hill-Lehr, A., & Schmolke, C. (2014). Poverty, Mental Health, and Counsellors for Social Justice: Reflections on an Interactive Workshop. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 48(3). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/60036
Section
Special Issue Articles/ Articles d'édition spéciale