CREATING SAFETY: Checking Power & Control in Support Relationships
CREATING SAFETY: Checking Power & Controlin Support Relationships
Mark Sweet PhD Trainer & Consultant Disability Rights Wisconsin 608 267 0214 firstname.lastname@example.org www:disabilityrightswi.org
What is Organizational Culture?
assumptions, expectations, beliefs, language, humor, level of trust, whose POV is more dominant
re: Support Relationships
How are support relationships, paid or volunteer, different than friendships;what limitations/boundaries?
Places & Activities Time (paid or unpaid; work or nonwork) Physical Contact Expressions of Emotion (I love you) Giving/Accepting Gifts ($ and other) Personal Information; Topics
Why should there be limitations?
Imbalance in power & control
Some are considered more vulnerable; protection undue influence taken advantage of
Avoid confusion in relationship
Questions to help you decide.
Who has more power in this relationship?
Will my choice add clarity or confusion?
Who will benefit (by my decisions)?
What is myintention; her/his intention?
What opportunities might be missed?
Power & Control Wheel: People With Disabilities & Their Caregivers
Minimize, Justify, Blame
Withhold, Misuse or Delay Support
Economic Abuse Caregiver Privilege
Coercion & Threats
Available soon at: disabilityrightswi.org
Creating Safety by asking
What makes people vulnerable?