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date: 28 June 2022

Empowerment Practiceslocked

Empowerment Practiceslocked

  • Debora OrtegaDebora OrtegaUniversity of Denver
  •  and Jessica Rodriguez-JenKinsJessica Rodriguez-JenKinsPortland State University

Summary

Empowerment practices are rooted in empowerment theory and fundamentally focus on power as a source of equity and inequity. Based on transformation ideology, empowerment is a counter to perceived and objective powerlessness. Amelioration of client problems contain both personal and structural dimensions and are accomplished through multilevel interventions. In this approach to practice, the professional is not the central power figure who assesses, designs, implements, and intervenes on behalf of the client. Rather, historically marginalized people, families, and communities are considered experts in their experience of problems. Empowerment practices are rooted in an understanding of power (personal, social, and structural), consciousness transformation, interactive systems, importance of relationships, and the long history of societal dehumanization of marginalized communities. In this model, social work research is characterized as a form of practice that is influenced by larger social inequities and can be used to reproduce inequity or create partnerships for change with marginalized communities.

Subjects

  • Ethics and Values
  • Macro Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Social Work Profession

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