Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 15: Harm Reduction and Human Services: Experiments in Syringe Exchange
Harm Reduction and Human Services: Experiments in Syringe Exchange
“Human service professionals respect the integrity and welfare of the client at all times. Each client is treated with respect, acceptance and dignity,” reads the Human Services Code of Conduct (National Organization for Human Services [NOHS], 1996). Under “The Human Service Professional's Responsibility to Clients,” Statement 13 notes, “Human service professionals act as advocates in addressing unmet client and community needs” (NOHS, 1996). These calls for “dignity” and consideration of “unmet client and community needs” are fundamentally consistent with the harm reduction approach to practice used in a range of practice settings around the country. Through a wide array of nonprescriptive approaches to public health, policy, and ...