Social work and power

The first thing to know about social work is that it entails a very large exchange of power from the individual to the social worker.

As the social worker you have the knowledge and the ability, where as the client comes asking for help, most often quite unwilling.

The key to being a great social worker lies in the administration of your power, because it is impossible to ignore its presence. It is always an uneven relation between the client and the social worker and by ignoring this you magnify the discomfort for your client. Sometimes you might even sabotage the interaction by denying the power you hold.

To best acknowledge and incorporate the power whilst getting great results, the social worker should train him or herself to apply empathy into every layer of the work with the client. Picturing yourself in “your clients shoes” before they enter your office is a great way of grounding yourself and realising that, it could be you sitting in the other chair. With that realisation you know how you would wish to be met.

And then you will be able to great the client with respect. When you have lost all power, respect goes a long way for most people. And is entirely without cost at your end.


About Astrid Lequime

Founder of the Noah Lequime Foundation. Our goal is to brighten the lives of underprivileged special needs children around the world. Social worker, philanthropist and mother of three children. Two are special needs children.
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1 Response to Social work and power

  1. “Social work and power The Noah Lequime Inspiration” honestly enables me imagine a tiny bit extra.
    I loved every single part of this post. Thanks for the post -Tiffany

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