Conscientization is a social concept, that focuses
on achieving an in-depth understanding of the
world, allowing for the perception and exposure of
perceived social and political contradictions.
Conscientization conveys the idea of developing,
strengthening, and changing consciousness.
Conscientization = Consequence + Sensitize
(consequence of not being aware)
The objective of social work is to
conscientize the community.
enabler we help the respondents to understand the
consequence of juvenile delinquency. We accept
the individual as he is and then try to sensitize him
of the consequences and explain the social
functioning with real life relatable examples.
Example: My neighbourhood has some under
privileged families and one of them works as a
help for my house and her younger teenage son
was caught by her mom stealing and consuming
drugs along with other children of the community.
him, by communicating with him, asking about
his day-to-day life, the fun he has. Shared a few
stories from my childhood as well, which made
him laugh and thus forming a bond. I use to often
call him and have a small chat with him, thus
becoming his confidant. I noticed that he had
started respecting me.
mainly consume whitner along with other drugs. I
explained him the consequences of consuming the
drug. I also showed him a viral video of a drug
addict and explained him how that person’s brain
had stopped functioning at its full capacity due to
the drug consumption. I reminded him of his
responsibilities towards his mom and his family. I
also explained him how stealing was unethical and
if he went to jail how it would ruin his life for
good as he would have a criminal record.
influence of drugs and then I finally suggested his
mom to admit him into a rehabilitation center. I
helped her with the required contact details. Now
after coming out of the rehab center the boy has
completed his matriculation exams and pursuing
The above example denotes the efforts of me
trying to Conscientize the teenager.
Q2) Differentiate between Social and Professional
Relationships. How you are applying the
principle of ‘meaningful relationship’ at your
field work? Evaluate your answer with proper
Relationship is the medium through which the
client is enabled to state his problem and then the
problem can be focused enabling the client to
solve his/her problems.
to the client’s need. Length can be short or long.
For example: a doctor-patient relationship is
sometimes small and that at a rehabilitation center
is longer. The length of the social relationship is
not dependent on needs, it might last a lifetime.
Professional relationship purpose is to meet the
needs of the client and social relationship is based
on self-interest or pleasure.
Professional relation is limited to the help
required, for example. at out centers or doctor’s
clinic. Social Relationship can occur anywhere.
Professional relationship is supposed to have
boundaries, the social worker is responsible to
maintain professional boundaries. In Social
Relationship both are equally responsible to
In Professional Relationship, often a fee payment
is involved and in social relationship no fee
payment is required.
In Professional relationship, one is always
required to be empathetic while in social
relationship one might or might not be empathetic.
way they are, because it is very important for me
to accept them in order to build a relationship. I
am trying to slowly build a relationship with the
client using the principle of meaningful
relationship, however principle of meaningful
relationship cannot be put into effect with out the
principle of individualization. Working as an
enabler along with Principle of meaningful
relation, I am using the principle of self-
determination, so that I can explain them the
resources that are available to them so that their
problems can be solved.
she was more comfortable and looking at me
directly and talking, her squint-eyed conditions
has been resolved to a great extent. This led to my
curiosity, that how come this defect in her eyes
was so quickly rectified and when after
researching and consulting my ophthalmologist
friends, I got to know that squint-eyes cannot be
treated without wearing corrective lens or surgery
and improvement in Vanya’s squint-eyed
condition was more of psychological. As she
became more comfortable around me, she was
relaxed and thus less quint eyed. This led me to
the realization that I had finally started building a
know that he had lost his eye sight in the recent
past. We started interacting in the session more
and I cleared his few doubts related to English
subject, thus building trust and eventually a
professional relationship. In the last session I
observed that his body language was changed, he
was not defensive anymore and he was interacting
and participating more in the activities, this gave
me sense of satisfaction seeing that Viktor had
come out of his zone and was comfortable around
These were a few examples of the meaningful
relation that I have built with the clients at the
center. Hoping that in the coming future I will be
able understand their problem using social case
work and enable them to solve their problems.
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