Empowerment and advocacy enable social workers to construct help and alliances that give people chances to achieve a greater understanding of, and a change in, their lives. Empowerment seeks to help clients gain powers of decision and action over their own lives by reducing the effect of social or personal blocks to exercising their existing power, increasing their capacity and self-confidence to use their power, and transferring power to people who lack it. Advocacy seeks to represent the interests of powerless clients to powerful individuals and social structures.
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