That's why I'd like to give them something that empowers them personally instead of confusing them with techniques that will take years to learn. Give them something they can really assimilate in one day and empower them with the self knowledge and self respect to get a better job.
Given the context, I think the chances of that succeeding are slim. You don't "personally empower" someone by evading the very issues that are at the forefront of their mind: "Okay, so you got screwed, your pay got cut, your benefits got cut, you've got twice the work because of all the people we laid off, and you don't know how you can make ends meet...and I'm not going to address any of those issues...but if you'll just forget all that, I'll teach you how to become personally empowered." I just don't see it.