Reaching Students of Diverse Populations Through Sociocultural Poetry: A Missing Link in Professional School Counseling.
Abstract Sociocultural poetry can be used in conjunction with a counselor empathy model to assist school counselors in understanding the life experiences of students of diverse populations. Sociocultural poetry can serve as a medium for developing empathy and increasing cultural awareness for youth and students of diverse populations, as well as those of all cultures. Sociocultural poetry can also assist the professional school counselor in promoting social justice and empathy toward underrepresented students and transforming the school setting as cultural identity moves toward diverse multicultural worldviews. This model can also be used to help school counselors explore their own feelings and thoughts as they pertain to the convergence of race, gender, and ethnicity.