Empowerment in Social Workers and Academic Teachers Training

Author: Katarzyna Borzucka-Sitkiewicz
Institution: University of Silesia in Katowice
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6079-3880
Author: Katarzyna Kowalczewska-Grabowska
Institution: University of Silesia in Katowice
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-7600
Author: Lieve Geerts
Institution: Karel de Grote University, Belgium
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8204-6536
Author: Roland Pollefait
Institution: Haute Ecole de Bruxelles-Brabant, Belgium
Year of publication: 2022
Source: Show
Pages: 34-44
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2022.04.02
PDF: kie/138/kie13802.pdf

The modern world is currently facing new social threats, which pose a challenge to the existing aid systems. Circumstances like intensive migration processes or the uncertain situation resulting from ongoing military conflicts cause increased cultural differences, which intensify the marginalisation and social exclusion of minority groups. The Acting in Context by Training the Trainers in Social Empowerment (ACTTE) project was prepared to respond to emerging needs. The project was implemented in a consortium of 4 universities and 4 NGOs from Poland, France, Spain, Italy, and Belgium. The main goals of the project were: (1) development of tools for intervention work (toolbox) based on the Empowerment concept (emphasising increased control over one’s own life, self-confidence, and one’s abilities, and social integration among recipients of aid activities) for employees of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with marginalised and socially excluded people as well as academic teachers educating future educators and social workers, (2) developing competencies/skills in DPA (Developing the Power to Act) – an approach using the concept of Empowerment in people participating in training (both NGO employees and academic teachers). The article focuses on the project’s implementation process.

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