Human Services work is very rewarding for both the client and professional. In order to ensure effectiveness, it is crucial that the professional set the tone of a helping relationship from the beginning. This includes setting the relationship intentions and maintaining healthy boundaries.
For this written assignment, consider how you will build a helping relationship with a client. In a 2 page paper, discuss how to create a positive, healthy helping relationship with a client, giving examples to reinforce your ideas. Points of discussion should include:
- Distinguish between a friendship and a helping relationship
- Apply characteristics of a helping relationship
- Identify personalization within the relationship
- Strategy for maintaining and/or ending the helping relationship
When considering these points, discuss your strengths and weaknesses and ways you might improve your helping skills. Explain what area of the helping relationship you feel is most helpful for the client and specific ways you plan to emphasize the area