Reconciling paternalism and empowerment in clinical practice: an intersubjective perspective.

@article{Bransford2011ReconcilingPA,
  title={Reconciling paternalism and empowerment in clinical practice: an intersubjective perspective.},
  author={Cassandra L. Bransford},
  journal={Social work},
  year={2011},
  volume={56 1},
  pages={
          33-41
        }
}
The focus of this article is on illustrating how the differences between the paternalistic and empowerment approaches embedded within social work have unnecessarily evolved into competing approaches to practice. Tracing the historical evolution of both paternalistic and empowerment approaches, the article posits that social work is more amenable to an integrated holistic approach to practice than to either a diagnostic or strengths-based approach. Building on G.WE Hegel's notion of recognition… CONTINUE READING