Developing Woman-centred Practice: Building Confidence and Overcoming Isolation
The full measure of the problems facing women is that the ordinary events in our lives are stressful (Gottlieb, 1980). As well as having a personal component, the problems of women clients are also political, social and economic. As social workers we need to find ways of working with women which address the issues of women's unequal power, status, privilege and options. We have to find ways of working with women clients that recognise the multi-dimensional sources of their problems. To do this our approach must be multi-method (Turner, 1986). Our intervention, however, is not unproblematic. We have to recognise that the involvement of our agencies, if not ourselves, may well escalate rather than diminish or resolve problems for women.
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