More than a simple linguistic nuance, the notion that social workers do not empower others, but instead, help people empower themselves is an ontological distinction that frames the reality experienced by both social workers and clients (Simon, 1990, p. 32, quoted in Saleeby, 2006, p. 98)
This paper firstly looks at empowerment, what it is, and how it can assist social workers in enhancing their client’s competence through development of self-efficacy, …show more content…
When a ‘victim’ blames him or herself, there is a core imbalance in power relations. Firstly to see ones’ self as a victim — as opposed to a survivor — and not as a product of one’s environment, and then to blame one’s self for problems, issues or misfortune, overtly acquiesces to, and accepts, the dominant paradigm. Conscientization can overrule these negative self-perceptions, and the client can assume, at least some, personal responsibility for change through the enhancement of self-efficacy (Carr, 2003).
Self-efficacy, which pertains to the capacity for self-regulation and motivation, is likely to be negatively impacted by experiences of powerlessness and