DOI: 10.1002/joec.12213 ISSN:

Addressing social determinants of health: Supporting ex‐offenders’ employment through use of the Systems Theory Framework

Alexandra Gantt‐Howrey, Chan Jeong Park, Jasmine A. H. Griffith, Janelle L. Jones, Lauren B. Robins, Kaprea F. Johnson
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • General Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


There remains a need for counselors well‐prepared to work with ex‐offenders. As counselors aim to meet ethical obligations toward advocacy, they often seek to address social determinants of health (SDOH) challenges. Those working with ex‐offenders should be aware of unique employment challenges ex‐offenders may face and possess a baseline knowledge of the justice system for pertinent collaboration. This paper provides an explanation of how the Systems Theory Framework may be used to address ex‐offenders’ employment‐related needs through addressing SDOH challenges and collaborating with the justice system. Implications for employment counselors, counselor educators, and supervisors and steps for future research conclude.

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