Academic journal article Field Educator

From the Editor, October 2015: On "Doing" Justice in the Field: An Invitation

Academic journal article Field Educator

From the Editor, October 2015: On "Doing" Justice in the Field: An Invitation

Article excerpt

People with mental illness are blamed for misuse of guns and mass shootings; people of color are targeted in countless and violent ways; and those who are poor face overwhelming inequities and lack of access at all turns. Sadly and outrageously, oppression and injustice surround us.

Enter in a new academic year. In field departments everywhere, discussions are likely underway about learning plans and competencies. Among them is Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice (outlined in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards [EPAS]). Despite our best efforts to demystify the competencies, it is striking that we have historically received a number of evaluations at semester's end that indicate this particular competency is "not applicable" in certain settings.

There is no doubt that there is a lack of fluency in the practice community when it comes to the "language" of competencies. As social work educators, we are immersed in "competency speak," but need to support our valued partners in becoming more comfortable with the various ways in which the competencies "live" in their particular settings.

Of all the competencies that guide us, this is among those that also define us - we hope that it becomes a core value of a social worker's professional (and, hopefully, personal) identity. Then, what does it mean, and how is it being practiced at all levels? It is our collective work to teach our colleagues to see the many ways in which human rights and social justice are woven into our work, even in the most clinical of settings. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.