Scenario #2
Reflecting on competences of educators or social/youth workers

Aims / objectives

The aim is to strengthen awareness of one’s own competences and to find alternative solutions to difficult problems already experienced in one’s own work.

Description of the method

Individually, each educator or social/youth worker should think of four situations in their professional work and write them down. The first two situations should be examples of when they managed to solve a difficult situation in a group in a positive manner. The second two situations should be examples of critical situations when the educator or social/youth worker had the impression he or she could not find a good solution to deal with the situation (20 minutes).

The educators or social/youth workers team up in pairs of two and present the situations to each other. Together they look at the “butterfly” model of competences of the RFCDC. They reflect on the competences that helped them as educators to manage the positive situations. While doing that, they try to answer the question, “What competences helped me to solve these situations?” The competences that helped to solve these situations are the personal strengths of the educators or social/youth workers. Everyone writes his or her personal competences for critical situations on an index card.

Usability in social work

The method is relevant for social workers and can be used in their training. It can help to reflect about daily work experiences and situations where they can use the competences. It also allows to one to contextualise social work methods in terms of the RFCDC competences. It does so by enabling participants to identify which method promotes which democratic competences?


Name of the method

Reflecting on competences of social/youth workers

Target group

Social and youth workers / educators


1 hour

Spatial requirements

A room with the possibility to work in small groups




Awareness about own competences

Method description

Participants reflect on their own competences and concrete experiences from their work; then, they reflect which competences helped them in the concrete situations and write them down on index cards

Social work context

Useful for social and youth workers in their training


Chart of the “butterfly” model of competences (see in the relevant section of this handbook) (see in the relevant section of this handbook); moderation cards, flipchart


No special risks

Concept / application

Used and applied by the Vienna Forum for Human Rights and Democracy


Ole Jantschek and Hanna Lorenzen, as applied in: The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture in the Non-formal Educational (p. 75)

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