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

By Colleen Lundy

© 2011

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.

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The second edition of this popular social work practice text more fully addresses the connection between social justice and human rights.

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

By Colleen Lundy

© 2011

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.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.8in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Lundy's second edition is timely in its critical analysis of the social, economic, and political context of contemporary social work practice. The book provides excellent guidance for social work students, educators, and practitioners who want to work toward changing the social structures that exploit and dehumanize people.
    Ben Carniol, Ryerson University, author of Case Critical: Social Services and Social Justice in Canada, sixth edition

    What distinguishes this text from so many others is the combination of a compelling framework for social justice joined with a clear application to practice, whether individual, group, community, or organization.
    Steve Burghardt, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (CUNY)
  • Author Information

    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).
  • Table of 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

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