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What is the purpose of helping? Why have I become involved in a helping profession? How can my interactions get me in a better position to help? Are there ways of interacting that can improve the quality of our lives?
Direct support staff who serve individuals with a wide range of disabilitiesincluding developmental, psychiatric, and traumatic brain injurieswill explore these and many other questions in this practical, provocative, and inspirational handbook. This concise guide is written by a veteran of the direct support field, who draws on more than 30 years of service in diverse settings to shed light on what works and doesn't work. Readers will get straightforward, real-world advice on key issues like:
- recognizing and avoiding potentially harmful interactional styles
- developing a deeper understanding of behavior
- forming relationships that benefit both the helper and the person being helped
- promoting autonomy and independence in individuals
- creating personal intervention plans
- using positive reinforcement to increase desired behavior
- finding joy in the experience of helping others
Sensitively written and enriched with stories from the author's personal experience, this easy-to-read book is ideal for staff training seminars, new employees, or seasoned professionals seeking a fresh perspective on helping.