Personal Power

We all have the power to do whatever we want, if it is actually possible and if our bodies can physically do it. This is our personal power. Trainees can do whatever they want. What they do while they are with us comes down to what they choose to do. The fact that they are even in the room with us is the end result of them using their personal power to navigate their world well enough to make it to class. 

When training WSART/WAIT we are concerned about personal power as it relates to what people do in situations that can lead to aggression. This can be passive or overt aggression. Aggression is a tool. People may choose to use this tool to get their perceived or actual needs met.

When we use aggression we give away our personal power. We give our personal power to the person we aggress against and to others. Typically, these other people are people we aren’t even aware of. When we use aggression we have no idea how many people we will invite to make decisions about our future. When we use aggression we have no way of knowing how that power we gave away will come back at us. 

We will stand before a group of strangers sent to our classes for reasons we may not know. Because they used aggression, we will have power in their lives. This power was once theirs.  

Take a moment to think about the possible pathways their personal power took to get to us. Think of the number of people making decisions about this trainee before the decision to give it to us as trainers was finally made. 

The trainee may have given their personal power to their school Principal. The Principal may have given the power over to a counselor, who may have contacted their parents and/or a therapist at a mental health agency. It could have been staffed and assign to a therapist. Then on to the WASRT class at the school. Maybe they gave it to another youth and their parents. Any of these people could in turn give it to the police. The police would then give the power over to the prosecuting attorneys. Judges, Probation Officers and their supervisors may end up with this power. If the youth qualifies, the power may go to a Diversion Board who makes decisions about the youth's future. Finally the youth ends up here with WSART/WAIT Trainers and we need to be ready. We need to be trained to help these youth get their personal power back.

Our goal is to help return their personal power and invite them to keep it. 

 

Send me an email if you have any questions about Personal Power. Mkbeth@comcast.net