Chicago School of Professional Psychology

325 N. Wells Street

United States

Can International Human Rights Based Advocacy Offer New Strategies for Social Justice in the U.S.?
The Institute for Professional & Continuing Studies
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:45 PM
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is located in downtown Chicago and is accessible via public transportation.  For information about parking, click here. 


Workshop Description:

The international human rights framework provides people working in the United States an opportunity to develop new strategies for advocating social justice issues. Unlike those rights protected in the U.S. Constitution, human rights treaties protect economic, social, and cultural rights. Contrasting with the U.S. Constitution, human rights treaties also measure compliance based on whether the outcomes (and not just the intent) of government policies protects human rights.

This session will prepare participants to understand the basic human rights system. The presenter will discuss the consultation process that led to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main human rights treaties. How human rights are enforced internationally and how they can be used in U.S. advocacy for social justice will also be examined. Participants will engage in an activity to develop an advocacy strategy for a social justice issue.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

(1) Discuss the definitions of human rights and distinguish economic, social, cultural, political, and civil rights.

(2) Assess the process that led to the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights treaties to evaluate whether it reflects Western biases.

(3) Explain how human rights are enforced within the United Nations system.

(4) Examine a case study and develop an advocacy plan on a domestic issue using international human rights.


Professional Bio of Nancy J. Bothne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nancy J. Bothne received her PhD in Community Psychology at DePaul University in 2012. Dr. Bothne worked for Amnesty International USA as Midwest Regional Director until 2005 when she began her graduate school education. She has engaged in human rights policy and advocacy at local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Bothne has used the international human rights framework to advocate for abolition of torture in Chicago and internationally, to abolish the death penalty in the United States, and to support the right to housing for low income public housing residents in Chicago who were displaced by the Plan for Transformation. Dr. Bothne facilitated the development of a Chicago shadow report documenting patterns of racial discrimination that was used to support a campaign to pressure Chicago government leaders to respond to international human rights standards. Over 20 grassroots organizations were part of this effort. Dr. Bothne is currently an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus.


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.


Workshop Schedule:

1:45pm: Registration Opens

2:00pm: Workshop Begins

3:45pm: 15-Minute Break

4:00pm: Break Ends/Workshop Resumes

5:45pm: Workshop Ends


Registration and Fees:

General Admission (No CEs): Free

General Admission (CEs Included): $10.00


Refund Policy:

100% of tuition if refundable up to 48 hours before the program.   Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.




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