Summary so far

This blog aims to frame learning about become a helping professional, as a process of personal development and discovery and not just one in which people learn about ‘issues’ and techniques.

So far I have written about how my early professional learning included:

  • The significance of history and especially in relation to the ‘here and now’
  • Learning about ‘being important’ and people’s responses to that
  • Boundaries especially between the professional and the personal, their importance in working with the mentally ill and personality disorders, and the notion of ‘emotional transactions’
  • The tension between the helper and the client, the use of silence and confrontation
  • Pace of work
  • Stories and pictures
  • The service users’ active agendas
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