The Critical Dialogue Cornerstone: Suggested Practices to Guide Implementation, Facilitation and Evaluation

Alexis Jemal, Liliane Windsor, Christina Inyang, Christina Pierre-Noel

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Abstract

There has been an increased focus on utilizing critical consciousness-focused interventions to address complex, multidimensional socio-cultural problems, particularly health inequities. These interventions usually incorporate a critical dialogue component. However, there’s little guidance on how to implement, facilitate and evaluate critical dialogue to develop critical consciousness (i.e., reflecting and acting on sociopolitical inequities). This conceptual paper: 1) introduces critical dialogue and the tools used to implement critical dialogue from the literature; 2) details the development of the Community Wise intervention to present how Community Wise incorporated a critical dialogue component; 3) provides a brief overview of a proposed framework of critical consciousness development that the critical dialogue component of Community Wise could support; 4) provides an anecdotal exploration of the critical dialogue sessions used in the first pilot test of the intervention through the proposed framework of Transformative Consciousness; and 5) suggests practice guidelines for group work that incorporates facilitated critical dialogue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-270
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Critical consciousness
  • critical dialogue
  • facilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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