Empowerment e Peer Counseling

Rita Barbuto


Empowerment, as such, must be identified as a social practice,
a historical and critical analysis of people and movements,
and not as exercising a coercitive power on others. It implies a
concept of a positive means in relation to terms like “growth”,
“development”, and “emancipation”. Its goals are to promote
a general personal and social development. It therefore indicates
an “acquisition of power”, which, if translated into a
first person point of view means “I Can”. According to this
perspective empowerment is closely related to the awareness
of an augmented sense of “power” that people involved reach
through their participation in this process. The process of empowerment
for people with disabilities takes place in everyday
life, in organisations, in the community where they live and
interact through the methodology of Peer Counseling and is
realised by people (peers) that have the same life experience,
in this case disability, and that, having reached a certain level
of emancipation and awareness, become role models.


disability; empowerment; peer counselling; community living; emancipation.


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ISSN: 2465-0315

Registration with Court of Naples n. 24, dated 21.04.2015