Counselor-Advocate-Scholar Model: An Emerging Helping Paradigm
The Counselor-Advocate-Scholar (CAS) model serves as a framework for multicultural and social justice praxis (Ratts & Pedersen, 2014). The CAS model illustrates the symbiotic relationship between counseling, advocacy, and scholarship needed in clinical practice. Some situations call for helping professionals to operate as a counselor within the office setting. Other situations call for them to serve as advocates in the community altering systemic barriers impacting clients. Whether serving in the role of advocate or counselor the importance of scholarship cannot be understated. Practice must be informed by scholarship and scholarship must inform practice.