Human Services Essay

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Helping Field Summary Meagan Stanley BSHS/305 February 5, 2015 Brenda Schram Helping Field Summary There are many reasons why a person chooses to enter the helping field or Human Services. Some of these reason are positive while others may be viewed as negative. One reason that a person may choose to enter this field is the innate desire to help those in need. A person who chooses to enter the field of Human Services because they desire to help those in need, feels useful and valued when they are able to contribute to the growth of others (Woodside & McClam, 2011). Another common motivation for a person to enter the helping field is to self- explore. These individuals will seek to better themselves while helping clients do so as well. Many people who use self-exploration as their motivation will use their concern for others to look at their own behavior, as they study the behavior of their clients. Self-exploration can turn into a negative motivation if the professional puts their desire for self-exploration over the needs of their client. In some cases this could lead to a role reversal where the professional becomes the client. (Woodside & McClam, 2011). The desire to show control in situations is a negative motivation for a person to enter the field of Human Services. Often individuals using control as their motivation seek to control their clients and aspects of their client’s lives (Woodside & McClam, 2011). When the professional takes such control of their client, the client is unable to become self-sufficient. Because self-sufficiency is a goal for many clients of Human Service programs, allowing the client to control as much of their situation as possible will help lead them to self-sufficiency. A person desiring to work in the helping field should not choose to work directly with clients if they wish to exert control as their

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