Implications Of The Empowerment Theory For Social Work

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As a social worker, working with teenagers who are dealing with coming out as a gay or lesbian and utilizing the empowerment theory, which primarily focuses on the oppressed teenager on a one-on-one form of micro level or focal system, does not exclude or count out the larger levels on a macro scale, which can be individuals within a large group of teenagers coming out as a gay or lesbian, their family members within their subsystem and or suprasystems environment. “The empowerment theory does not go to a great extent when it comes to the importance of biological factors in human development, since it is based on structural conditions of oppression, and focusing on the client’s strengths” (Robbins, Chatterjee & Canda, 2012). However, there is a more in-depth insight when it comes to the teenagers who are dealing with coming out as a gay or lesbian when it comes to their psychological, spiritual, family and group dynamic needs. This brings relevance and application to …show more content…
For example, empowerment theory is correlated with the strengths-based theory. By using a casework approach to family therapy and one-on-one therapeutic sessions to identify the strengths these family members and their teen find within themselves and each other can bring a sense of unity. By adding music or an art project with paints, clay molds, bubble wrap and or both music and art to express undesirable feelings can release negative stressors and instead create the good feelings we desire in times of high tension. Music is all around us and at times has pulled at our hearts listening to a song that brings us back to a memory of sadness or it can be a moment of triumph, however, music is and has always been known to be stimulating in some way or another. Music is the way we can connect with our human emotions, whether good or

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