The Individual, Interactional, And Intergroup Levels

1528 Words Oct 18th, 2015 7 Pages
Power is something that everyone will experience in his or her lifetime. The individual, interactional, and intergroup levels are three ways in which power can be experienced. On an individual level, I have experienced lacking power during my childhood and having to move around all the time. I never had a say in the matter, I just had to do what I was told. In terms of the interactional level, I have experienced power in my internship. As the social work intern I hold some power over the students with whom I interact. The power can be understood in the fact that I am seen as an authority figure to them and I am able to help them in ways they might not be able to help themselves. Lastly, on the intergroup level as a person of the Caucasian ethnicity my group has power and privilege that was placed there by society. For example, because those who are Caucasian have that power to be able to walk into any store and not have the employees/management be cautious of me because of my skin color. Social workers need to be aware of what it is like to have and lack power based on these three levels and how it affects working with clients. As a social worker working with all clients there will always be some similarities and differences based on status group assignments. This concept can be considered in terms of looking at it if I am a practitioner whose status group is that of a heterosexual working with LGBTQ clients. A major difference between group assignments is that my group…
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