Counseling Research as Caring

Lessons from Group Contemplative Practice


  • Zvi Bellin National University
  • Erin Sappio
  • Yuleinys A. Castillo California State University, Fresno
  • Ryan E. Flinn New Mexico State University
  • Dalad Srisuppak
  • Kari Miller National University
  • Anthony Ross National University



community-based participatory action research, reflexive research, contemplative research, decolonizing research, Multiculturalism and Social Justice


This study models counseling research as a social action process highlighting multicultural counselor identity. Seven co-researcher/participants engaged in a community-based reflexive contemplative practice group which aimed at dismantling the power imbalance that normally exists between researchers and participants, and to remain cognizant of the insidious nature of white supremacy.  The data collected represents the content and process reflections on participating in this group which invited contemplation about identity on many different levels. Several themes emerged from data as implications for counseling research. Considering research as caring on clinical practice and future research is also discussed.


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Bellin, Z., Sappio, E., Castillo, Y., Flinn, R., Srisuppak, D., Miller, K., & Ross, A. (2023). Counseling Research as Caring: Lessons from Group Contemplative Practice. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 14(2), 64–80.

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