Empowerment and Mindfulness Strategies in Educational Environments

The process of understanding power and its determinants still arouses questions and stirs interest as the challenge of exercising and accessing power has a great impact in moulding the person's state. In this direction the aim is to achieve the state of well being rather than throw the person into personal and interpersonal conflicts.

In developing and framing the idea of power in the context of personal development equation the workshop will approach the idea of values, goals and tasks. These ideas will be debated and exercised taking into consideration three relevant pillars of a person's environment: work, family/social environment and relaxation/sleep.

Sources of personal power that can be valued and of other people's power that can have an impact on ourselves will be put in balance, will be questioned and will be set in action frames. Among the main themes of discussion will be positive and assertive communication, experiences of gaining/loosing power, emotions and objectives.

Equilibrum as a person's state is seen as a dynamic process that includes self-regulation, understanding and positive emotions. Equilibrum will be discussed in relation to impulsiveness and defensive reactions. Some layouts regarding the construct of psychological well being will also be approached.

Dr. Roxana-Andreea Toma


Dr. Roxana Andreea Toma has her major specialization in Psychology and secondary in International Relations and European Studies. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, West University of Timișoara, where she teaches courses and seminars of Basic Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Psychology of Personal Power – Empowerment. Author and co-author of several articles and of one book (Aspecte psiho-sociale ale relaţiilor de putere (2013)/”Psychosocial Appearances of Power Intercourse”) in the fields of Basic concepts in Psychology, Educational Psychology and Community Psychology, her fields of interest include empowerment in education and community, mindfulness and motivational strategies, empathy and pro-social behavior, forensic psychology and media violence.