When working in the field of social work we must be cognizant of the weight of power. We must be aware of position and be mindful to not let the façade of power create an imbalance in the client/practitioner relationship. An imbalance can create a sense of a “one-down” client mentality which in turn can fuel the client’s thoughts of inferiority, powerlessness or subordinate. A term associated with power imbalance is a term called “aggrandizement”. Aggrandizement is described as when the practitioner uses their power to meet their own needs in order to enhance their own esteem because their validation needs are not being fulfilled elsewhere. As you can imagine, aggrandizement can be harmful to the client/practitioner relationship. Think about how a negative self-concept can be reinforced by a practitioner who displays aggrandizement when a client with low self-esteem is seeking their care. Such an imbalance can cause the client to remain feeling inferior or powerless. Think about the ramifications associated with the dual message of “subordinate” that the client would be receiving. First from their existing point of self-view, and second from their experience with their social worker. The concept of powerlessness is being fueled instead of the concept of empowerment. Populations/people in need often feel the effects of powerlessness and social workers often work with this population to address needs and assist with setting goals. It is gratifying to know that you, the social worker has made a positive difference. However, you, the social worker must remain mindful of power-over-position and work diligently to not allow a malice-based use of power infiltrate your practice in order to boost your own self-esteem or ego. The concept of power infiltrates society in numerous ways. Power can be overt or covert and it is often not recognized unless purposefully addressed. Topics relating to power include but are not limited to the following:Status, class, race, culture, achievements, associations, wealth, possession, position, independence, family interactions, sexes, etc. …It is important for you to be able to identify the use of power. This week you are to read the article that is located in Module 2 titled: “Once Upon A Time in Laredo”. It is full of “power” examples. In this assignment, think about how you would address a group of heartbroken teens and their scorned parents if these teens were not selected to be “Martha”. Of course, you or one of your family members has been “Martha” in the past. Think about how your words have the potential to either fuel their low self-concept/esteem or build their self-concept/esteem. Before meeting with the group, you will need to have a clear understanding of how power is displayed in article. You are to list 5 examples of “power” found within the article and explain how each example relates to power. You are to provide the paragraph number for each example in order to earn full credit. Format is to number 1 – 5 when addressing this assignment.