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Social Justice: Towards a Model of Personal and Collective Empowerment

Saturday 18th October 2014 at Manchester Conference Centre

This mini-conference provides a forum for exploring some of the principles applied psychologists might consider if they are to become effective agents of social change. Prof. Carolyn Kagan and Dr Iyabo Fatimilehin will share examples of community empowerment projects they have led. Dr Laura Cutts will discuss counselling psychology's relationship with social justice leadership, vision and action; and Julia Robinson will share insights into ways counselling psychology can be informed and enriched by community psychology philosophy and practices.

Places are limited to 35 so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

Who is the course intended for?

All applied psychologists with an interest in social justice, community activism, and social entrepreneurship

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of the concept of social justice as it is understood by applied psychologists in different cultures and settings
  • An understanding of how a social justice mission can be actively undertaken in practice
  • Fostering discussion and debate about how social justice principles can be brought into clearer focus in counselling psychology philosophy, practice and research agendas
  • Understanding ways in which counselling psychology practice can be informed and enriched by community psychology practice and principles.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Saturday 18th October 2014

09:30Registration & Refreshments
10:00What might community psychology have to do with counselling psychology?, Carolyn Kagan
11:15Considering social justice values and practice in UK counselling psychology: Preliminary research findings, Laura Cutts
12:30Lunch Break (no lunch provided)
13:30Cultural consultancy: social justice in action, Iyabo Fatimilehin
14:45Practice at the Interface of Community and Counselling Psychology, Julia Robinson

Speakers and Facilitators

Prof Carolyn Kagan

What might community psychology have to do with counselling psychology?
In her talk Carolyn will offer an outline of the principles of Community Psychology and illustrate this with examples of some of the participatory community projects she has been involved with in partnership with local people. These include the arts for health initiatives, HE-community engagement, urban regeneration and the development of intergenerational practice. These action oriented projects often extend over several years, and involve the establishment of new forms of community organisation. Her talk will explore the relevance of these ideas for Counselling Psychologists interested in creative ways to facilitate change.

Dr Laura Cutts

Considering social justice values and practice in UK counselling psychology: Preliminary research findings
In her talk Laura will present and facilitate discussion about a research project she has conducted which explored social justice and counselling psychology with a sample of UK-based counselling psychologists who had at least a moderate interest in social justice. This was the first research to speak with counselling psychologists in the UK about the 'social justice agenda', which has been receiving a large amount of attention in the US counselling psychology literature. The project explored participants' understandings of social justice, perceptions around the potential connection between social justice values and counselling psychology, and broader issues connected to the social justice action of counselling psychologists in the UK.

Julia Robinson

Practice at the Interface of Community and Counselling Psychology
In her talk Julia will explore the boundary of these two related areas of psychology and look at the challenges and opportunities for Counselling Psychologists, interested in retaining their identity as therapists, whilst working within a social justice agenda. In her talk she will offer some illustrations of critically informed practice and invite participation through discussion around themes of marginalisation, power and (personal and collective) empowerment.


Manchester Conference Centre

Manchester Conference Centre , Weston Hall of Residence , Sackville St , Manchester , M1 3BB •  Directions

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