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Workshops 12-13: Human rights education in social work – European perspectives; Integrity as a shared professional craft
10:45am - 12:15pm
Location:Parallel Session 5
Human rights education in social work – European perspectives
Ingo Stamm1, Alexander Klein2, Nivedita Prasad3, Jeroen Knevel4
1Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; 2Saxion | University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; 3Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin, Germany; 4Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Human rights are one of the guiding principles of social work. Social work ethics are based on human rights and social justice. The workshop presenters are long-standing experts in human rights education in social work from different European countries. Despite the fact that human rights are nowadays widely accepted as an ethical basis for social work, a further development of human rights education is still needed. Therefore, the workshop follows an international exchange on the link between social work education and human rights. The aims are to develop a better understanding of different concepts of human rights education in social work teaching and to promote the implementation of human rights in social work curricula in Europe.
The workshop will start with an overview. Each partner will present a short summary. The following questions will structure the presentations: What are the main characteristics of the social work concept of human rights and how is it integrated in the curriculum? What are the most important foundations regarding knowledge and skills and how are they implemented didactically in teaching (trainings, workshops, lectures)? How is this translated for social work practice?
In the second part of the workshop the different perspectives are brought together along a number of guiding questions: Where do differences and similarities lie? What can we learn from each other? What other conclusions can be drawn from the presentation of educational practice concepts on human rights and social work? What impact does the national framework of the study program have?
The third part of the workshop will provide space for discussing the presented perspectives with the participants of the workshop: What was inspiring? What is similar with or recognizable from one’s own background? What important concepts, skills or practices were not considered? Finally, the purpose of the workshop is to discuss the benefits of a Special Interest Group on human rights and social work within the EASSW. We want to further explore the potential role of an EASSW-SIG and clarify what such a group could contribute to improving human rights education in social work teaching around Europe?
Integrity as a shared profesional craft
agnes marie verbruggen
university college Ghent, Belgium
Working with people always includes normative aspects, making choices with ethical implications. How can these professionals make decisions and be accountable for these decisions? In this workshop we present and practise a guideline, based on the theory of communicative rationality of J. Habermas, that strenghtens a shared search for these answers with craft brothers en -sisters. Starting by expliciting the moral intuïtion, the guideline provides a frame work to develop a dialogue and structures the communication in it. The guideline integrates practice wisdom and insights of sociological ,legal and ethical theories.
It is used in the curriculum for education of social workers at the University College in Ghent and is proved in supervision in the workfield
It helps to go beyond practical solutions , further than the search of doing work well done, it helps in finding what is the good work here? Good work is never found once for always, but always for once. This means that strenghtening the search of the answer is more powerfull than giving answers.
It is the underlying structure of the lessons professional ethics in our curriculum - University College Ghent, professional bachelor in social work - and in the "existential supervisison ' I give in the field of social work. The feedback is positive: the most common reaction is:
’ I know again why I do this work!’
Teaching and using this multidisciplinary model in the real field opens possibilities for real dialogue and critical thinking. It bonds -again- with the very existential meaning of the work.