Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions

Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions

By: Joseph Wronka (author)Hardback

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'This book provides a valuable framework from which useful discussion and social action can be developed. It is especially relevant to the issues faced by professionals in the helping and health professions, and could serve to foster greater awareness of global concerns and aims shared by workers in these professions.' -JOURNAL OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY Human Rights and Social Justice: Social Action and Service for the Helping and Health Professions has a unique perspective that views human rights as the bedrock of social justice. It provides a clear blueprint how human rights and social justice concerns can serve as a conceptual framework for policy and practice interventions among the helping and health professions. Key Features - Provides both historical and philosophical perspectives on human rights principles, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the centerpiece - Succinctly summarizes for the educated layperson core principles of other major human rights documents, such as international conventions on: Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR); the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (CERD); the Rights of the Child (CRC); Torture (CAT); the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Medical Ethics; and the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness - Viewing social justice as struggle, advocates a multi-pronged approach dealing with whole, at-risk, and clinical populations to promote physical and mental well-being and eradicate social and individual pathology - Examines social actions like human rights education, resolutions, and bills; the arts and the media; humanistic administration; grant writing; social entrepreneurship; clinical interventions; and quantitative and qualitative research that fcan promote human dignity, public health, human development, and the creation of a human rights culture, which is a "lived awareness" of human rights principles in mind, heart, and body - Supported by Instructor Resources on CD - which includes PowerPoint slides for each chapter accompanied by notes from the author, a comprehensive test bank, a sample syllabus, teaching tips, and more. Intended Audience This text is an excellent core or supplement text for social policy and practice courses encompassing social work, psychology, psychiatry, public health, medicine, nursing, ethics, law, theology, philosophy, the arts, peace studies, political science, and world citizenship. Scholars, activists, and practitioners will find it a valuable reference for years to come. "Human rights and social justice is an important contribution to social justice theory and practice. Dr. Wronka presents a solid and sound argument that human rights, as proclaimed in 1948 by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ought to serve as the foundation for socially just ways of life." -David G. Gil Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University "Brilliantly demonstrates that human rights provides a powerful framework for the helping and health professions. Blending in-depth knowledge of human rights with theory and practice in the helping professions, Wronka presents a comprehensive model to guide actions from global to micro levels, and from professional to personal." -Lynne M. Healy Center for International Social Work Studies "At once accessible and learned, theoretical and practical. Wronka's groundbreaking text, reflecting comprehensive knowledge melded with a commitment to social action, is worthy of every professional's library. It should be required reading in schools." -Janice Wood Wetzel International Association of Schools of Social Work

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Dr. Joseph Wronka is Professor of Social Work, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, Representative to the United Nations in Geneva for the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and part-time representative for the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning to the UN in New York. He is also President of Human Rights Action International (HRAI). Dr. Wronka received a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, in the discipline of social work with specialities in social justice and poverty and sub specialities in human rights, psychology, and existential-phenomenology. In 2015 he went to Pakistan and Austria as a Fulbright Scholar. Select academic appointments included: West Georgia College, St. Francis College, New York University, Caldwell College, Ramapo College, Chukchi Community College, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Kotzebue Technical Center, College of the Holy Cross, Simmons, Boston College, and in Europe, Fachhochschule at Berne and Zurich, Switzerland; Vienna, Sankt-Poelton, and Innsbruck, Austria; and Hanover, Germany. He was also Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University and Visiting Fellow at the University of Delhi, India. He was also a counselor at alcoholism and methadone maintenance treatment centers; clinician in community mental health centers and in private practice; director of a mental health/substance abuse center; human rights commissioner; Vice President of the World Citizen Foundation; board member to the Coalition for a Strong United Nations and Amherst Media, where he is presently producer of "Creating a Human Rights Culture". His website is: Published widely in scholarly and popular fora, he has presented his work in roughly eighteen countries. His interest is primarily the development of social change strategies to implement human rights principles, in other words, the creation of a human rights culture which he views as the pillars of social justice. Such principles mirror substantively millennia of teaching in various spiritual and ethical belief systems, which assert ultimately that every person, everywhere ought to be guaranteed their human rights, and live with human dignity and to their potential, without discrimination. At times, he refers to himself as an "adventure junkie." He also likes to travel, swim laps; kayak; fish; ride his bike; and play classical music on the piano and concert and ethnic pieces on the accordion.


Foreward Preface PART I: HUMAN RIGHTS AS THE BEDROCK OF SOCIAL JUSTICE Ch 1. Introduction Rationale for this Work Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture The Importance of Words Five Core Notions of Human Rights Social Justice as Struggle Some Initial Provisos for the Human Rights Defender Summary Ch 2. Before and Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Toward a History of the Idea of Human Rights Human Rights in Antiquity The Middle Ages The Renaissance Age of Enlightenment Age of Industrialization Select Input Prior to the Endorsement of the Universal Declaration Select Major International Human Rights Initiatives Select Core Principles of Some Major Human Rights Documents Other Human Rights Regimes Implementation Summary PART II: BUILDING FROM THE FOUNDATION Ch 3. An Advanced Generalist/Public Health Model and Whole Population Approach to Human Rights and Social Justice A Helping and Health Profession Model of Intervention Levels of Intervention The Struggle to Implement Levels of Intervention Education Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture Commemorating Major International Days Proclamations, Resolutions, Declarations, and Bills Providing NGO Input: Statement of IFSW The Arts, Human Rights, and Social Justice Other Select Direct Nonviolent Strategies Summary Ch 4. At-risk and Clinical Social Action and Service Strategies Toward the Creation of a Human Rights Culture The Helping and Health Professions as an At-risk Group Business and Human Rights Humanistic Administration Social Entrepreneurship Grant Writing Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness Toward a Socially Just Human Rights Based Approach to Clinical Intervention Human Rights Principles Which Have Implications for the Therapeutic Relationship Some Words on the Meta-Micro Summary Ch 5. A Human Rights/Social Justice Approach to Research-Action Projects for the Helping and Health Professions Human Rights Documents as a Way to Define the Problem Toward a Culture of Informed Consent Quantitative Research Qualitative Research Research as Leading to Social Action Summary Ch 6. Ground Rules Toward the Paradoxical Commandments Some Ground Rules for Social Action and Service Conclusion Glossary Media Resources Appendix I: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Appendix II: Select Portions of Major Human Rights Documents Index About the Author Foreword

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/02/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781412938723
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781412938723
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 1412938724

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