Humanising Practice: Everyday Life Practices & Human Dignity in the Professions
‘Humanising Practice', is a deliberately ambiguous title, acknowledging that while professional practice can be a humanising activity, it often stands in need of humanisation itself. Humanising practice is an intervention that is compassionate and respects peoples' dignity. Yet while an injunction to treat service users with dignity is embedded in the ethical codes of most professions, dehumanising influences regularly impact upon the daily routines, institutional structures (including the built environment) and everyday life practices of many professions (health and medicine, social work, law and education).
Each of these professions has been reassessing the role of the practitioner not least because client or patient groups are becoming used to consumer choice, and are increasingly skilled in accessing and utilising the information resources that are just a click away. Additionally, however, there is growing recognition that although students may be educated in ‘humane' professional practice, this may be trained out of them as they negotiate policies, management goals, and structures that are out of tune with this educational ideal.
This seminar series aims to produce innovative, interdisciplinary thinking on the education of future professionals by bringing together professionals, educationalists and others, to engage in discussions about the meaning of the term practice and its realisation in ‘everyday life practices' in a range of policy areas. Discussions will focus on what humanising means in professional practice, on the character of humanising process, and on the outcome of truly humanising services. The series will conclude with an interdisciplinary workshop in Durham organised in conjunction with the Association for Medical Humanities Conference.
These seminars are free and open to all
23 October 2008, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
6 November 2008, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
4 December 2008, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
29 January 2009, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
19 February 2009, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
5 March 2009, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE FOR THIS SEMIINAR
30 April 2009, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
21 May 2009, 6.15pm, Room 231, Elvet Riverside
- Seminar Guide (last modified: 28 October 2008)