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RHS 200 Week 1

by: Alexis Schwinghamer

RHS 200 Week 1 RHS 200

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These are the notes from chapter one. They cover the power point and have definitions from the book for some of the terms she didn't really go over in class.
Helping skills in the community services
Julie Erickson
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Therapy, Community helping skills, Julie Erickson




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Date Created: 01/12/16
RHS 200 Week 1 Chapter 1: Introduction to Skilled Helping  There are many different formal helping professions o Counselors, psychiatrists, social workers, and religious ministries  Many other professionals deal with people in times of crisis and distress o Doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, etc.  Other people are also helpers o Parents, friends, coworkers, relatives, and hair stylists  People seek help to o Deal with problems in living like  Self-doubt, addiction, failing marriages, midlife crisis, loss of family member o Uncover missed opportunities and unused potential, or to live more fully  People who feel like they’re in a rut, burnt out, feeling frustrated, or want to do more with their life  Goals of a helper o PRIMARY GOAL- to help clients manage their problems in living more effectively and develop life enhancing unused opportunities and resources more fully. o Secondary goal- to help clients become better at helping themselves in their everyday life  Main factors for helping relationships o Life enhancing outcomes o Client and contextual factors of their life- What the client brings to the sessions. They should work with the helper to discover they key factors that have an impact on their problem situations. It is essential that therapists help them get into the driver’s seat and stay there throughout the helping process. o Person of therapist- The person of the therapist is more important than the method of treatment. Some therapists are better than others, this is determined by many factors. A few are  Solid set of interpersonal skills and use them to express acceptance, warmth, and empathy  Builds trust with clients  Has flexible helping approach or treatment plan and communicates this approach clearly to the client  Helps clients to develop a realistic sense of possibility, hope, and optimism. And many more o Helping relationship- The quality of the relationship between client and helper is a collaborative team. Goals are more likely to be achieved when the relationship is good, but it is important that both parties do their part to reach the goals. o Therapeutic dialogue- Skills like attending, listening, and understanding what clients are saying about themselves, responding to clients with understanding, helping clients explore their concerns more fully, helping them stay focused, and helping clients develop new perspectives on their problem situations and unused opportunities are important for helpers to have. o Two way feedback- Feedback back is a critical factor. Two things need to be monitored carefully and continually, progress toward life enhancing client outcomes and the degree to which therapy sessions are contributing to these outcomes. The right kind of questions need to be asked to help achieve the goals. o Model or method of treatment- All successful helpers should have the ability to tailor the essential ingredients of successful therapy to their clients and to work collaboratively with them. While research says the treatment method is not the main driver of success, it is still important. o Beliefs, values, norms, ethics, and morality that drives humans- These items are embedded in human behavior. Whether a client believes science is the way or religion is the way, they still have a moral compass they follow. It is important to understand what makes them tick.  Goals of the Client o Commit themselves and capitalize on what they learn from sessions o Manage problem situations better o Develop more opportunities for fully living  Focus on Results o Successful outcome of counseling requires clients to be able to go away and be able to manage their problems in living and develop more opportunities in their life.  Positive Psychology and Helping o Treatment is not fixing the broken, but nurturing what’s best.  The “Shadow” Side of Helping o Things that may harm the helping relationship  Helpers and clients may be selfish, lazy, predatory, or prone to burnout


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