The Therapist as Advocate: Anti-Oppression Advocacy in Psychological Practice
Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 2, pages 162–171, February 2013
How to Cite
Ali, A. and Lees, K. E. (2013), The Therapist as Advocate: Anti-Oppression Advocacy in Psychological Practice. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 162–171. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21955
- Issue online: 7 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2012
- social justice
In this article, we present an approach entitled Anti-Oppression Advocacy (AOA) as a means of addressing poverty in a psychotherapeutic context. AOA is an integrative approach designed to meet two goals that we argue to be closely inter-related: therapeutic change, and economic justice. In AOA, the practitioner is expected to act as an advocate and to encourage clients themselves to engage in some form of social justice action. We provide a case example of using AOA in a shelter for homeless survivors of domestic violence. We also discuss some of the challenges involved in implementing the AOA approach.