“The pursuit of appreciation”
On Monday 11th of February, the women’s empowerment group gathered once more on its weekly appointment at the Center of Social Integration and Employability of Caritas Hellas in Kipseli, in order to complete the first circle of meetings regarding the trauma. The women spoke about the beneficial properties that the feeling of gratitude has. The social worker presented to the women the functional and dysfunctional thoughts that are normally occur after an event, showing them ways to recognize the dysfunctional ideas, replace them with functional, so that they can have positive feelings and behavior. They also gave examples and the women truly recognized negative thoughts and tried to replace them with positive ones, recognizing that they do not reflect their true situation.
The second part of the meeting was to learn how to recognize and appreciate positive feelings, and how to multiply a positive feeling. As the women were concentrating to a positive thing around them, more positive feelings were raising, and even more positive things they could observe around them. They also played a game based on this theory, and the women enjoyed and appreciated the procedure.
At the end, we created and decorated ornaments from wood and paper. The women loved the activity and they created amazing stuff! We renewed our meeting for next week!!
The women’s empowerment group is part of the Program “Social and Economic Integration of Refugees and Immigrants in Athens” concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Program is implemented by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Switzerland.