From Proposal to Action: Supporting Student Advocacy during Graduate Counseling Training
Training future clinicians to engage in advocacy is an important element of fostering multicultural competence.
We describe the use of an advocacy proposal assignment integrated into a required multicultural counseling
course to teach students about advocacy work. We offer data from a study that examined the impact of the
assignment on students’ perceptions of advocacy/activism. Participants included 74 counseling psychology
graduate students. Students in the advocacy compared to the comparison group endorsed greater importance
placed on advocacy and greater intentions to engage in advocacy. We also offer four examples of students who
moved from the proposal stage to action stage, documenting their projects. Finally, we offer suggestions and
recommendations for supporting students’ engagement in advocacy.
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