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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.12 No.1 pp.133-153

An Immigrant School Counselor as Multicultural and Social Justice Advocate for Immigrant Students: A Case Study Approach

GoEun Na1, Donghun Lee2
1Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs, Hunter College, the City University of New York
2Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, The State University of New York at Oneonta
Corresponding Author
GoEun Na, Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs, Hunter College, The City University of New York, 695 Park Avenue, Rm. W1122 New York, NY 10065


Using the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) framework in a single case study, this research explored the subjective experiences of an immigrant school counselor regarding social justice advocacy for immigrant students and their families in urban contexts. Through Strauss and Corbin (1990)’s data analysis, eight themes were identified from the interview: (a) professional identity, (b) shared experience as an immigrant, (c) cultural adjustment, (d) special bonding, (e) cultural sensitivity, (f) cultural intentionality, (g) culturally responsive practice, and (h) influence of political climate. Implication for school counselors and the counseling research are discussed.