Empowerment in families is often used to refer to the facilitative and collaborative efforts of marriage and family therapy professionals and families when working to help families establish self-sufficiency and resiliency and identify counseling and social service supports within the community. Empowerment, in a general sense, has many definitions but is often used to refer to a process whereby individuals gain influence or power over circumstances that impact their lives. Empowerment, in a psychological sense, can include both intrapersonal and interactional components that influence a person’s ability to exert greater control and efficacy in a therapeutic setting. Empowerment involves mutual respect, empathy, and intentionality toward the end of helping individuals and families gain greater access and control over resources needed. Other definitions of empowerment encompass ...

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