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Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions
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Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions
Research, Theory, and Practice



© 2011 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Provide your students with engaging material on social class and classism

The impact of social class and classism on mental health functioning crosses racial, ethnic, and social lines and significantly contributes to our overall well-being. Any attempt to understand individuals must include an understanding of how economic issues and class have contributed to their difficulties. In Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions, author William Ming Liu presents theory and research on the impact of classism and social class on mental health. He provides an original framework—the Social Class Worldview Model—for exploring each person's individual and subjective life experiences. These experiences form a perspective that is unique to the individual. The author then helps the reader integrate this realization into the study of poverty, economic inequality, wealth, and the often overlooked implications of greed, materialism, and consumerism for a more complete understanding of social class and classism.


Intended Audience
This text is intended as a supplement for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses that address psychological and counseling theories, multicultural counseling, and research in the helping professions. These courses may be found in departments of counseling, rehabilitation, psychology, education, nursing, and social work.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
Definition and Focus  
The Importance of Social Class in the Helping Professions  
Research  
The Helping Professions' Poor Understanding of Social Class and Classism  
Sociology's Impact on the Helping Professions  
Social Class, Socioeconomic Status, Social Status, and Classism  
Social Class and Classism Multicultural Competencies  
Conclusion and Summary  
 
Chapter 2. Social Class, Classism, and Mental and Physical Health
The Context of Social Class and Classism  
The Social Class Health Gradient  
Social Class and Mental Health  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusions and Summary  
 
Chapter 3. Problems in Social Class Measurement and Research
Problems With Current Methods for Understanding Social Class  
Categorizing Social Class  
How Is Categorizing Accomplished?  
Moving Toward Subjectivity of Social Class and Classism  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 4. The Social Class Worldview Model
The Context of Economic Cultures  
Social Class and Classism Consciousness  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 5. Social Class and Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Career-Related Issues
Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Helping Professionals  
Social Class and Classism to Inform Our Work With Clients  
Empirically Validated and Supported Treatments and Common Factors  
Understanding Our Own Biases and Social Class Experiences  
Career Counseling  
Using Social Class-Based Interventions in Counseling  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 6. The Impact of Social Class and Classism on Healthy Psychological Development
Social Class and Classism and Psychological Development  
Quality of Child Care  
Sleep Habits  
Parent and Child Relationships  
Impact of Media and Television  
Social Class and Classism Traumas  
Into Adulthood  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 7. Greed, Materialism, and Affluence and Mental Health: The Rich Are Not Immune
Greed, Materialism, and Affluence  
Consumption and Being Healthy  
Materialism and Consumerism  
Other Forms of Commodification and Consumerism  
Consumerism  
Affluence and Mental Health  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8. Classism, Inequalities, and Poverty
How People Make Meaning of Poverty and Inequality  
Racism  
Economic Resources, Economic Privilege, Economic Entitlement  
The Psychology of Privilege and Entitlement  
Classisms  
White Trashism  
Implications for Practice  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 9. Integrating Social Class and Classism Into Training, Education, and Supervision
Training and Education  
Upward Mobility Bias  
Becoming Social Class and Classism Competent  
Using the Social Class Worldview Model (SCWM-R) as a Training Tool  
Training Experiences and Supervision  
Privilege and Power  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 10. Social Class, Classism, Advocacy, and Social Justice
Definitions and Contexts of Social Justice, Advocacy, and Empowerment Work  
Definitions  
Social Justice and Social Class and Classism  
Advocacy  
Empowerment  
Conclusion  
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features
Key Features
  • Liu's original Social Class Worldview Model–Revised provides a theoretical framework for integrating each individual's reaction to social class and classism experiences and addressing that worldview within counseling and psychology work.
  • An "Implications for Practice" section at the end of many chapters helps professionals recognize ways to interpret and frame each client's experiences and how to use that knowledge compassionately and effectively.
  • Readers receive guidance in additional ways to act as advocates for their clients—regardless of affluence—through a study of privilege, social justice, empowerment, and competence.

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