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Thematic areas

Through theoretical approaches, research results and practical experience, the participants will be able to present the contemporary knowledge and to exchange relevant experience in the context of the defined aims of the conference. Within the four thematic areas, in the format of symposium, plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, student sections and other forms of participation, the participants of the conference will have a chance to gain the insight and widen their perspective on contemporary ethical issues. A common contribution will be presented through the conclusions of the conference as well as through concrete ideas and suggestions aiming to advance the protection of human rights and social welfare within the profession of social work and other related professions.

I. Political, socio-cultural and economical context of professional ethics insociety

In the contemporary postmodern society, we encounter dichotomous processes on the one hand, the efforts of globalization are oriented towards the development of political-economic networks and the integration of cultural diversity. On the other hand, challenges are emerging in the social space which is testifying to the existence and the deepening of social inequalities through various forms of discrimination, social exclusion and difficulties to achieve full enjoyment of social rights.

II. Professional ethics of supporting professions

Consequence of modernization is the "crisis" helping professions. Help people to be perceived as a commodity and a service. Forecast future helping professions are varied. Questions of ethics are still acute. We offer to discuss current and future shape of the ethics of helping professions (social work, mediation, the teaching profession, medical professions).

III. New ethical dilemmas of supporting professions

In a contemporary society of changes, challenges are transformed, and new challenges are constantly being articulated, such as new forms of discrimination, terrorism, ecological issues, changes on the labour market, new family structures. This consequently opens the question of whether supporting profession is compatible in its fundamental characteristics with the macro social circumstances, and which adjustments are needed in this context. This thematic area offers the possibility to critically reconsider the supporting professions.

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