Thank you for Emotional Poverty! I have been an aha! Process fan since the late 1990s when I was trained in A Framework for Understanding Poverty. I have every book you have written. But…in my opinion, Emotional Poverty is THE BEST! This text is the most cross-disciplinary, practical, emotionally stimulating text you have written. It appeals to me in several ways.
There used to be a seafood restaurant in Washington, D.C. on the wharf called Phillips Flagship. I am not a fan of buffet-style restaurants, but the seafood was so fresh, and the side dishes were tasty, and I was drawn in by the all-you-can eat crab, crab legs, shrimp, and fresh breads and homemade desserts. The first time I dined there, I would taste something and then offer a taste to my husband because the tastes were so delightful.
Emotional Poverty reminds me of this experience. The text Emotional Poverty is like an emotional intelligence buffet. I can’t stop tasting every chapter, and I can’t choose what to sample and try first. It is so good that I am going to have to invite my friends to take a bite of my serving.
As a professor of social work, it is an appetizer to accompany lectures with my students on human behavior in the social environment. In fact, I am considering adopting your text and writing and teaching an elective next summer titled Emotional Poverty and Social Work Practices.
As a clinical social worker who provides professional development for counselors and social workers, it is like a salad for my continuing education lunch. Rich with greens and growth for counselors and social workers to help nurture the emotional-resource needs of our clients.
As a mother, it is like a taste of ice cream refreshing me on hot days of frustration when I can’t understand the choices of my son.
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As a trainer-of-trainers to other educators, it is like a slice of pound cake—buttery pound cake that melts in your mouth. It leaves a sweet taste of making a difference in the classroom.
As an EMDR-trained therapist, it is like a loaf of fresh bread addressing the hard and crusty neuroscience of trauma, bonding, and attachment.
I have walked away from this buffet of a text STUFFED, but I can’t stop eating! As soon as I get a hold on my current responsibilities and research projects, I would love to do some research using this text as the central theme.
I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the book. It would make a GREAT workshop topic for TRIO conferences with an emphasis on Upward Bound and GEAR UP.
Thank you for this resource tool, Ruby. I am already planning to use it in many ways!
Dr. Sherri Harper Woods is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.
This post was written by Sherri Harper Woods