ERIC Number: ED339492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Foster Care and the Empowerment Process. Fostering Families.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; Jenkins, Lowell
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module's learning objectives are for trainees to: (1) explore aspects of individual empowerment; (2) understand the role of family democracy in fostering empowerment in families; and (3) learn to use people-oriented skills to foster empowerment. The module consists of three lectures. Lecture 1 considers the definition, source, and context of personal empowerment. Lecture 2 considers family empowerment, especially in terms of the concept of family democracy. Components of family democracy include rule making, communication patterns, and individual rights and responsibilities in the family. Lectures 1 and 2 include exercises for participants. Lecture 3 considers empowerment in professional practice. An exercise involves discussion of the assumptions underlying the empowerment process and key principles for empowering people. A series of charts lists skills relevant to interviewing, making personal contracts, establishing personal boundaries, and solving problems. A case vignette provides an example of the empowerment process. Two references are cited. A five-page form for evaluating the module is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Support Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Social Work.