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Document Type

Article

Keywords

APA, Advocacy, Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies, Counselor Training, Written Communication, American Psychological Association Style, Professional Voice, Writing Style

Subject Area

Addictions Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling

Abstract

Counselors-in-training are asked to write in a professional voice using APA style but rarely make the connection between the writing style and therapeutic or advocacy work. While the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Publication Manual presents didactic rules on form and style, it is not intended to provide professional context for the purpose of the adoption of the style. This manuscript draws parallels between the seventh edition of APA’s writing style and the four domains outlined in the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (Ratts et al., 2015) and concludes with a concise writing resource.

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