How does the characteristic "trust" affect a person's ability to work with clients?social work

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Social work is dependent on trust.  It is elemental to any advancement because social work forces individuals to work with others on a profound emotional level where some level of resistance is present at the outset.  The ability to trust another is what allows bonds to be formed and allows progress to be made.  If trust is not present, there is a greater chance that individuals will not be able to surrender a part of their own identity in the hopes of making something more collective or more communitarian.  The notion of individual sacrifice is only possible through trust, through the idea that individuals will be able to sacrifice a part of their own comfort for the sake of something outside of it or something larger than themselves, is only able to be undertaken with the element of trust present.