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Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Global Human Rights

ISBN: 978-0-470-22750-3
264 pages
January 2009
Changing People


By supporting others and promoting change, helping professionals also enjoy the benefit of personal growth. Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own is filled with narratives from individuals from social work, psychology, counseling, and allied health fields. Inspiring and stirring, this book vividly illustrates how to promote social justice and foster global human rights. Its accompanying DVD features stories from a social justice mission to Nepal reaching out to neglected children. Students and professionals will find this book a profound reminder of how targeted social justice efforts have resulted in transformative experiences.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents




CHAPTER 1: Paths to Social Justice.

CHAPTER 2: The Dance of Hope.

CHAPTER 3: Children Disappearing.

CHAPTER 4: Stories of Despair and Resilience.


CHAPTER 5: Road Trip.

CHAPTER 6: Being Lost.

CHAPTER 7: Student Transformations.

CHAPTER 8: Making Universal Connections.

CHAPTER 9: Lessons and Major Themes.


CHAPTER 10: Relationship Skills for Promoting Constructive Action.

CHAPTER 11: Travel That Can Change Your Life.

CHAPTER 12: International Jetsetters.

CHAPTER 13: Local Community Activists.

CHAPTER 14: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.

CHAPTER 15: Going Small.

References and Resources.

About the Authors.

About the DVD.

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Author Information

Jeffrey A. Kottler is author of On Being a Therapist, and The Mummy at the Dining Room Table (both from Wiley), among many other books. He is Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton. He also established the Madhav Ghimire Foundation, which is devoted to helping the most neglected children of Nepal.

Mike Marriner is the cofounder of Roadtrip Nation and coauthor of Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Path in Life. He has also coproduced the annual Roadtrip Nation television series that airs nationally on PBS, and has been featured on NBC's Today show, CNN, CBS News, BBC World News, and NPR.

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"…a small easy-to read volume. They write in a very informal way, designed to encourage people to get out there and do something to help others as a means to find their own passion. This is a book that might be useful for a course in service learning because there are sections that discuss topics such as helping skills, especially listening and altruism, and there are scholarly references to other material." (PsycCRITIQUES, November 11, 2009)
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