Social Work, Social Justice, and Human Rights: A Structural Approach to Practice

Social Work, Social Justice, and Human Rights: A Structural Approach to Practice

By: Colleen Lundy (author)Paperback

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Social workers take pride in their commitment to social and economic justice, peace, and human rights, and in their responses to related inequalities and social problems. At a time when economic globalization, armed conflict, and ecological devastation continue to undermine human rights and the possibilities for social justice, the need for linking a structural analysis to social work practice is greater than ever. The second edition of this popular social work practice text more fully addresses the connection between social justice and human rights. It includes a discussion of social work's role in promoting peace and responding to environmental problems. It also places a greater attention on the links between social work theories/concepts and practice skill/responses. The text has been updated and revised throughout with four new chapters: social work and human rights, cultural competence and practice with immigrant communities, social work and mental health communities, and practice with couples and families. Detailed case studies demonstrate the integration of theory, policy, and practice.

About Author

Colleen Lundy is Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is the co-author, with Therese Jennissen, of One Hundred Years of Social Work: A History of the Profession in English Canada, 1900-2000 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011).

Contents

List of Figures and Tables List of Abbreviations Foreword, Roland Lecomte Preface The Challenge for Social Work Organization of the Chapters Acknowledgements Part One: Structural and Theoretical Framework Chapter 1: Social Work, Social Welfare, and the Global Economy The Global Capitalist Economy Neoliberalism The Role of the Military Imposed Structural Adjustment Programs What do International Trade Agreements Have To Do with Social Work? Unemployment, Poverty, and Social Protection Measuring Poverty Understanding Individual and Social Problems in a Structural Context The Role of the State Chapter 2: Pursuing Social Justice, Human Rights, and Peace The United Nations and the Emergence of Human Rights Social Work and the United Nations The Development of Human Rights Militarism, Armed Conflict, and Non-State Terrorism A War with No End Opposing Militarism Social Injustice is Killing People Social Justice and Human Rights: The Challenge to the Profession Call to Action Chapter 3: Historical Developments in Social Work The Early Years: Responding to Poverty and Establishing Legitimacy Charity Organization Societies Settlements Establishing the Foundations of the Profession The Diagnostic and Functional Schools Professional Associations Specialization and Fragmentation Responses during the Great Depression Social Work in the Era of Retrenchment In Search of a Generalist Practice Framework Functional Systems Theory Marxist Systems Theory Divisions in Social Work Postmodernism Chapter 4: Structural Social Work: Theory, Ideology, and Practice Principles The Context of Social Work Practice Theory, Models, and Approaches Taking Ideology into Account Organizing Frameworks Structural Social Work The Role of Social Structures Principles and Practices of Structural Social Work 1. Defence of the Client 2. Collectivization 3. Materialization 4. Increasing Client Power in the Worker-Client Relationship 5. Enhancing the Client's Power through Personal Change A Summary Chapter 5: The Importance of Inequality and Social Location Taking Social Class into Account Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Diversity Women's Long March to Equality Women's Work Unlearning Sexism Women's Rights are Human Rights Sexual Diversity Persons with Disabilities The Impact of Inequality and Discrimination Addressing Injustice Chapter 6: Legal and Ethical Social Work Practice Social Work Code of Ethics Malpractice The Process of Ethical Decision-making Informed Consent Confidentiality Duty to Warn Duty to Report Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships Guidelines for Record Keeping Ethical Responsibilities to the Workplace Ethical Responsibilities for Social Change and Social Justice Part Two: Practice Within a Structural Context Chapter 7: The Helping Process: Assessment and Intervention Agency Context Personal and Political Tuning-In The Helping Relationship Clarifying the Social Work Role and the Process of the Interview The Assessment Human Needs and Human Rights Assessment Format Assessment Tools Family Tree/Genogram Eco-map Social Network Map Life Line The Contract Ending the Interview Chapter 8: Facilitating Empowerment and Change Empowerment Power and Powerlessness The Change Process Connecting the Structural and the Personal Critical Thinking and Consciousness-raising Skills of Reflection and Action 1. The Skill of Empathy 2. Posing Relevant Questions 3. Self Disclosure/Sharing a View 4. Reframing/Restorying 5. Identifying Strengths 6. Communicating Effectively 7. Presenting a Challenge Chapter 9: Immigrant and Refugee Settlement: Culturally Sensitive Practice Social Work and Settlement The Immigration and Refugee Process Categories of Immigration/Refugee Status Convention Refugees Immigrants Arrival, Settlement, and Integration An Unwelcoming Environment Health Concerns Cultural Diversity and Relevant Practice Responses Cultural Competency The Role of Spirituality and Religion Chapter 10: Social Work Practice in Mental Health Understanding the Stress/Disease Connection Mental Health Concerns The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) The Sickening of Society Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Considering Gender and Culture Stigma Psychotropic Medications Central Nervous System and Psychopharmacology 1. Antipsychotic Medications 2. Antidepressant Medications 3. Mood-Stabilizing Drugs 4. Anti-Anxiety Medications 5. Psychostimulants Medication Management A Case From Practice: Peter from Sudan Context Background Social Work Assessment and Plan Engagement/Developing a Relationship Drug Overuse and Addiction Loss Chapter 11: Supporting Families and Couples The Importance of Healthy Relationships Working with Families Starting Out with the Family Attachment Theory Case Example: A Family in Ontario Working with Couples Emotionally Focused Therapy Chapter 12: Use of Groups for Empowerment and Support Planning the Group Personal Preparation Group Structure Group Membership Location and Time of the Group Working with a Co-facilitator Attending to Special Needs Getting Started Personal/Political Tuning-In Introductions Guidelines and Ground Rules The Group Session Helping Members Tell Their Story Use of Contracts Use of Homework Giving Feedback Use of Structured Activities Critical Thinking and Problem-Posing Ending the Session Challenges in Group Work Lack of Participation Promoting Co-operation Diversity and Conflict Group Closure Chapter 13: Community-Based Social Work Practice Approaches to Community-based Practice Assessment and Strategies for Change Entering the Community Identifying Concerns/Needs and Social Action Community Functioning Empowerment through Participation Arts and Performance in the Disability Community Fighting for Social Justice Chapter 14: The Workplace, Professional Associations, and Union Membership The Workplace Organizational Analysis The Professionalization and Regulation of Social Work Social Work Regulation The Struggle for Regulation in Ontario The Role of Unions The Way Forward: Social Work, Social Justice, and Human Rights Appendices Appendix A: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Appendix B: Canadian Association of Social Workers, Code of Ethics Appendix C: Canadian Association of Social Workers, Guidelines for Ethical Practice Appendix D: Reflecting on Your Family Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781442600393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781442600393
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 144260039X

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