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Power

Power is a curious phenomenon. It conjures up connotations of sinister-looking suits huddled around a conference table, embroiled in schemes to amass fortunes and grab even more power. Sounds like fun, right?

Rewind the film, please. It might surprise you to learn that, as a rehabilitation counselor, you have the power to accomplish something extraordinary: to help change your clients' lives for the better. You can help a physically disabled client find a job that provides her with a sense of satisfaction and independence. You can support an injured veteran through his physical and emotional challenges, and help him adjust to the civilian world. Through your dedication and commitment to your clients, you can help them achieve small victories and huge successes.

However, remember that power also comes with a sense of responsibility. You must, at all times, treat your vulnerable clients with the respect and support they deserve. You cannot abuse your power to make yourself feel superior or to take advantage of them in any way. Avoid this moral and ethical mistake by always conducting yourself as a respected (and respectful) professional.

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