Towards a Decolonization of Counseling

CSJ Responds to Racial Violence & Injustice


  • Lauren Shure Barry University
  • Ebony E. White Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, Drexel University
  • Darius A. Green Department of Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • Rachael D. Goodman College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University
  • Colette T. Dollarhide Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University
  • Shon Smith Counselors for Social Justice
  • Frannie Neal Chesterfield County Public Schools



advocacy, social justice, racial justice, organizational leadership, decolonization


The racist violence that occurred during the summer of 2020 was a tipping point forcing many people and institutions to acknowledge and address racial inequities in the United States. As the “conscience” of ACA, Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) responded to this crisis through immediate action and strategic planning. This article discusses the process used by CSJ leaders to meet the CSJ mission of “promoting social justice…through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that affect professional counselors and our clients and to assist in the positive change in our society through the professional development of counselors” during this critical time. Recommendations for moving toward a decolonization of counseling practice, supervision, education, and research also are provided.


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How to Cite

Shure, L., White, E., Green, D., Goodman, R., Dollarhide, C., Smith, S., & Neal, F. (2023). Towards a Decolonization of Counseling: CSJ Responds to Racial Violence & Injustice. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 15(1), 2–13.



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