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Our CSJ Division Community has been up and running on ACA Connect for the past two months. We hope that you find this forum useful and that it will continue to help us increase communication and connection among CSJ members. Given that we are now using the ACA Connect system, the CSJ Board has voted to move communications to this system and end the use of our listserv (COUNSELORS-SOCJUST-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU). We want to give a very special thanks Dr. Edil Torres Rivera, long time administrator of the listserv, for providing this service to the CSJ community – it is much appreciated! Using the ACA Connect system enables members to be added or removed automatically as they join or leave CSJ, making it easier for us to ensure that we are reaching all of our members. It also provides us with a space to have discussions and share documents/information.  For members who are “division only” CSJ members, our Communications Officer will forward you the “CSJ Official” notifications via email since ACA Connect is only accessible to ACA members.

As a reminder, here are some details about using the CSJ Division Community on ACA Connect:

As a member of the CSJ Division and of ACA, you are automatically a member of the CSJ Division Community. We invite members to use this platform to discuss social justice in counseling, share resources, and connect with one another.  CSJ leadership will also use it to provide information about CSJ initiatives and other activities.

You will receive a daily round-up of all of the messages posted from the prior day. If at any point you would like to stop receiving these messages, simply visit your Community Notifications page and select “No Email”. There is also an option to receive messages in “real time” instead of in digest format (the daily round-up) if you prefer. Email our community manager at with any questions or concerns.

Please note that “CSJ OFFICIAL” at the start of the subject line will indicate that the post is official CSJ business posted by a CSJ Board member, such as award notices or conference updates.

Please enjoy any holidays you celebrate at this time of year

Jane Goodman
April 18 – December 15
715 Wimbleton Drive
Birmingham, MI 48009
December 15 – April 25
5591 Gulf of Mexico Drive # 8
Longboat Key, FL 34228

UPDATE: We have a new CSJ Co-Editor for the Journal For Social Action In Counseling And Psychology: Welcome, Dr. Larry Gerstein.

The Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology is seeking applications for a new co-editor. Dr. Rebecca Toporek has been honored to serve as the co-editor since the journal started in 2005 (first issue in 2007) and she feels it is time to turn the reins over to a new co-editor. She feels honored, humbled, and inspired to serve the journal and believes it is in a great place for this transition. Ideally, the new editor will begin training in January 2016 and Dr. Toporek’s term as editor would end May 2016. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing intent and experience relevant to serving as a peer reviewed journal editor as well as a curriculum vita to Please feel free to also contact Dr. Toporek to learn more about roles, responsibilities, and required background for the co-editor position.

CSJ co-sponsors IAMFC World Conference at New Orleans on March 10-12, 2016

Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) is co-sponsoring the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) World Conference in New Orleans on March 10-12, 2016. For more information visit the IAMFC website This is an exciting opportunity for CSJ members to collaborate with IAMFC colleagues. CSJ looks forward to future CSJ/IAMFC collaboration.

CSJ Events at the Upcoming 2016 ACA Conference in Montreal

Congratulations to the CSJ Social Justice Counseling Grant Recipients!

Counseling & Advocacy for Transgender Clients:  Training for Agencies and Clinicians
Thomas Murphy, Georgia State University, Counselor Education & Practice Doctoral Student

Abstract: While the counseling profession has become much more competent in clinical work with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients the members of transgender communities often find they spend more time explaining their culture to clinicians than dealing with their primary concerns.  In an attempt to provide competent service to transgender clients a training module has been created that explains current clinical concerns and that provides a roadmap for support and advocacy. This grant will allow us to offer this training module to agencies and organizations throughout the state of Georgia and to cover the costs of both travel and the CEUs that will be offered for attendance.

The Counseling Experiences of Transgender Individuals: A Qualitative Study
Julian Rafferty McCullough: Georgia State University, Counselor Education & Practice Doctoral Student

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the unique counseling experiences of transgender individuals.  Through comprehensive interviews, the researchers will explore issues of subtle or overt discrimination, as well as positive and helpful occurrences that transgender individuals have experienced as clients in counseling. The study attempts to address the current gap in the literature that exists and highlight some possible avenues for greater advocacy with this population.  The exploration of the diverse perspectives of transgender individuals will add to the growing body of research and will inform counselors and other mental health practitioners and their standards of practice with gender and sexual minorities in the future.

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