Social Worker and Client as Obstacles to Client Self-Determination

By Charles S. Levy

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1963

No matter how committed social workers and clients are, in theory, to the client's right of self-determination, the author contends that both social worker and client are subject to numerous influences which, in practice, reduce the client's freedom to determine her/his own fate. Social workers must be vigilant, the author argues, in guarding against behaviors from either social worker or client which suggest the deprivation or abandonment of the client's jurisdiciton over personal decisions. The author outlines subtle examples of the disempowerment of clients.

Topic: Methodology, Morality, Social Work, Empowerment, Ethics, Identity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 4

Page Number(s): 416-419

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Levy, Charles S. Social Worker and Client as Obstacles to Client Self-Determination. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1963: 416-419.


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