The Range of Client Problems and the Helping Skills Used with Clients

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The Range of Client Problems and the Helping Skills Used with Clients Christie Lynn Kainz BSHS/305 August 25, 2014 Karis Barnett The Range of Client Problems and the Helping Skills Used with Clients Buddha once said, “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path”. The purpose of helping is to assist others in learning to overcome and/or cope with the problems they face in every day life. Those providing the help often do so to feel a sense of purpose by making a positive impact on other’s lives. In terms of human services, helping comes from working professionals who possess the knowledge and expertise to effectively provide services to those in need. In order to better understand the helping…show more content…
“Problems resulting from accidents, violent crimes, natural disasters, and major changes in life – such as a move, job change, or divorce – are all defined as situational problems” (Woodside, McClam, 2011, p.137). Situational problems differ significantly from developmental problems because the client simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s impossible for an individual to live freely without facing any type of situation that can lead to both short and long-term problems. “The complexity and quantity of assistance required depend on the severity of the problem and the state of the client when the situation occurs” (Woodside, McClam, 2011, p.137). Clients who often face situational problems are most commonly labeled as victims. This is because the individual’s problem most likely developed through unforeseen circumstances that were out of their control. For this reason, it is the human service professional’s duty to help the client take responsibility for their situation in order to make room for improvement. The Environmental Perspective Finally, we will take a look into the environmental perspective. There are many different environmental influences that can create countless problems for clients. The text suggests viewing a client’s environment in terms of layers, beginning with the individual at the center and branching out to family, social institutions and finally global stimuli (Woodside, McClam, 2011, p.143). The
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