'n Psigo-opvoedkundige program vir die ontwikkeling van vrywilligers vir dienslewering in 'n gemeenskap.
- Authors: Poggenpoel, Jakob Johan
- Date: 2008-11-19T06:21:30Z
- Subjects: volunteer workers in community development , voluntarism , North West (South Africa)
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:14736 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1741
- Description: D.Ed , Communities in a society consist of individuals within those communities. There are many individual members in those communities who are not effectively involved in serving that society. This study focuses on guiding individual members in a society to effective service in their community. Individuals who report for service in a community are referred to as volunteers. Many people don’t experience full spiritual health because they live selfcentred lives. People don’t realize that there is value in community service. Making a difference in the community by voluntary service leads to inner fulfilment and meaning. To accompany volunteers in finding their places of service, the following research question was asked: “What can be done to further voluntary community service?” The aim of this study was the description, implementation and evaluation of a Psycho-Educational Program to mobilize service in individuals to thereby further mental health. From a methodological viewpoint a qualitative research strategy was applied to realize the purpose mentioned above. A method of scouting and describing was further applied. The field - work was done by means of semi-structured interviews with volunteers. The results obtained were analysed and categorized. The findings of the data were justified by means of literature control. The trustworthiness of the findings was assured in this way. The following main themes were identified: · Points of departure to discover your place of service · Establishing healthy relationships The results of the data analysis show that the volunteer wants to know what value community service has to offer before he makes his time available for service. The volunteer’s involvement in the community should benefit his spiritual health by his experiencing meaning, peace and even health. The research indicated the fact that the volunteer should move through a process of self-discovery to find his place of service. When the volunteer discovers who he is and organizes his life accordingly, it should promote meaning to life. In the research it surfaced that volunteers in many cases experience that human relationships are inadequate. People from different backgrounds and with different types of personality form part of the community team. Therefore an effort should be made to further healthy inter-personal relationships. It is necessary that volunteers develop the social skills to promote healthy inter-personal relationships. In the research it also became clear that the facilitator plays an important role in the volunteer’s guiding process. He must guide the volunteer to find his place of service and to make him part of the community. Subsequently a service program for volunteers was developed. The program was developed out of the themes and categories. The program’s intent is to guide the volunteer in discovering his place of service. By being involved in the field of service which compliments his true “I” or identity, mental health will be attained. Secondly the program’s intent is to equip facilitators so that volunteers can be empowered for service. In conclusion the implementation and evaluation were discussed. Regard to the implementation, it was recommended that community leaders be trained during workshops to implement the service program in their communities. Thereafter they should develop facilitators in their respective communities who will guide volunteers in the process of finding their own places of service. The program was facilitated to a number of volunteers. Their experience was related during a focus - group interview. The data collected were analysed and categorized. The following conclusions were made: The program led to the fact that they realized the value of community service. The partakers discovered their true “I” or identity. This knowledge could be used to determine which type of service would lead to the greatest mental health. They also learned the necessary interpersonal skills for effective community service. The thesis therefore puts a community service program in place that will guide volunteers to find their place in service and to live to the full. In that way they will contribute effectively to society and will also benefit in mental health.
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Geestelike welsyn as dimensie van 'n gebalanseerde lewe : 'n persoonlike en professionele leierskapsperspektief.
- Authors: Poggenpoel, Jakob Johan
- Date: 2012-08-27
- Subjects: Leadership , Spiritual life , Success - Psychological aspects
- Type: Mini-Dissertation
- Identifier: uj:3173 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6589
- Description: M.Phil. , The research problem that was investigated in this study was to obtain more clarity on and insight into the spiritual dimension of a person. Clearly, the importance of the spiritual dimension for a balanced life-style is not always realized and even neglected. Few people know how to develop this dimension. In view of the statement of the problem the specific aims of the study were: to analyse the conceptual meaning of the spiritual dimension of a person; to establish the importance of the spiritual dimension for a balanced lifestyle; and to propose guidelines for the development of the spiritual dimension of a person. A nomothetical research strategy was used. Universal qualities of the spiritual dimension were described. Furthermore, a descriptive strategy was incorporated to enhance understanding, insight and knowledge of the spiritual dimension. A hermeneutic strategy was also used, as can be seen in the in-depth analysis of the concept: the spiritual dimension. Systematic study was done of existing literature based on the spiritual dimension of man. Throughout the research. different theories and opinions concerning this topic were examined. The concept "spiritual dimension" was further illuminated by means of a word and concept analysis as to what the spiritual dimension truly entails. It was found that the spiritual dimension is in fact a life-giving dimension, that can be divided into three main components: the inner self; freedom of the will; and man's religious ties. The true inner self is discovered in the spiritual dimension. This immortal dimension is in fact what man is. It encompasses man's true personality and is also the area where personal growth and maturing take place. The following components were identified: the need to find meaning; values and principles; personal mission; and higher mission: to serve the world and other people — to leave behind a legacy. Man makes choices based on his/her freedom of will and responsibility as can be found in the spiritual dimension. Finally, the focus is on man's religious ties as a component of the spiritual dimension. It is from and within the spiritual dimension that man can relate to a higher divine authority. It is here where man's God communicates with him/her that inner strength can be experienced. The spiritual dimension is thus important for a balanced life-style. It was found that man can experience inner fulfillment by finding meaning in life. Living according to man's principles as well as striving for his/her personal and higher mission can thus find help man to meaning. The importance of the spiritual dimension can further be seen in human being's relationship with their God. They receive inner strength and direction from their God. Man should make time to develop his/her spiritual dimension, to read inspirational literature, to pray and meditate and to regularly make a recommitment to his/her values and principles. To be knowledgeable about the spiritual dimension, to realize its importance and to know how to develop it, can contribute to man paying more attention to it.
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