USING ADVENTURE TO INCREASE THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE OF THE POOR

  • Roelf Reyneke Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Abstract

In many instances the clients that social workers encounter are trapped by poverty andexperience feelings of powerlessness (Reyneke, 2000:384). In order to help them the socialworker should use his or her skills and knowledge to assist clients to reclaim the power thatthey lost or possibly never possessed in the first place. Payne (2005:295) analysesempowerment and argues that clients can gain power of decision and action over their ownlives by reducing the effect of social or personal blocks to exercising existing power, byincreasing their personal capacity and self-confidence to use power, and by transferring powerfrom groups and individuals. Reyneke (2000:383-384) shows that in order to empower peoplein poor communities more effectively, their human potential needs to be developed. This maybe done through the development of their emotional intelligence (EQ). Techniques that reducethe effect of social or personal blocks should be used in order to help them improve, amongstother aspects, their personal capacity and self-confidence. This is especially important whenplanning and implementing sustainable development projects where many of the participantsare from communities that experience powerlessness and are poor.

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Published
2014-06-19
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Reyneke, R. (2014). USING ADVENTURE TO INCREASE THE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE OF THE POOR. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 45(1). https://doi.org/10.15270/45-1-220
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