is a contextualizing core program for job seekers integrating theoretical and clinical data about job searching: unemployment stages, work spin-offs, career development, right/left brain decision making, creative thinking, etc., with intrapersonal, interpersonal and extra-personal learning objectives, using an engaging small group approach which encourages interaction and mutual support.
program typically requires 45 hours of formal group experience divided into half-day sessions. Preferably two or three sessions are held per week. For each hour of collective experience, the program calls for the same, or even double the time in structured, personalized or spontaneous extragroup activities. All things considered, the OPTRA
program can engage participants between 90 and 135 hours. However, OPTRA
is a core program; this means that on the one hand it can be adapted to meet specific needs; additions can be made, or it can be tailored down to fewer activities or broken into sub-programs. On the other hand, it does not require costly updates or yearly editions.
The Agenda / Guide
component is intended for the participants. Its content goes far beyond the traditional exercise book of sentences to be completed. It is a companion document to be used occasionally during the sessions, but especially before and after, to foster greater personal and collective empowerment. It is both a personal journal and an agenda.
See also: OPTRA: Job Entry Core Program
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