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White Supremacy and the Web of Family Science: Implications of the Missing Spider

In the Journal of Family Theory and Review

Family science is at the forefront of understanding the multiple and interconnected risk and protective factors (e.g., poverty vs. wealth, racism and discrimination, privilege) that affect families and the contexts in which they live. In this article, we use the metaphor of spider and web to suggest that family science theorizing is missing an integral piece of the puzzle—the designer of the contexts that have become the field's object of study and intervention (Krieger, 1994). Who or what is this designer? Recognizing that the answer is necessarily complex, we propose a metaphorical spider of insidious influence: White supremacy.

Ashley A. Walsdorf, Lorien S. Jordan, Christi R. McGeorge, Margaret O. Caughy

‘Oh, it is a special gift you give to me … ’: a phenomenological analysis of counsellors in Cambodia

In the Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy


This paper reports an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis conducted with thirteen practicing counsellors in Cambodia. Our specific interest was to gain an idiographic understanding of the meanings participants made of the changes they experienced in becoming counsellors, while also considering the unique context of Cambodia. Our findings are presented through an integration of description and interpretation, which grounds our participants’ experiences of change, tension, and meaning-making in the socio-historical context of Cambodia and mental health development. Implications recommend ways to improve support needed to assist counsellors in this developing field.

Lorien S. Jordan , Desiree M. Seponski & Stephanie Armes

Political Action Series

Public Participation: Moving Beyond the Four Walls of Therapy

Lorien S. Jordan & Desiree M. Seponski

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Family therapists have an ethical responsibility for public participation, to work toward creating a better society. Serving the public interest and developing laws to promote the profession and the public good can be achieved through policy advocacy and political participation. Political and policy work are important but overlooked aspects of family therapy, which is significant given the consequences differing policies have for

clients and the profession. The following two papers published in the Journal of Family and Marital Therapy report on results from a random, national survey of licensed family therapists’ (N=174) advocacy actions, their barriers to and beliefs about policy and political action.