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Helping Relationships: Basic Concepts for the Helping Professions
Helping Relationships Basic Concepts for the Helping Professions Author:Arthur W Combs, Donald L Avila, William W Purkey The helping professions include counseling, clinical psychology, social work, play therapy, remedial and rehabilitative services of many kinds, nursing, medicine, teaching, and the clergy. — "Step by step, the social sciences have achieved increased understanding of helping relationships and have formulated better and better guidelines for their ... more »construction. The best of these new understandings, we think, may be found in modern humanistic psychology. Accordingly, we have tried, in this book, to set down principles of behavior widely accepted among humanistically oriented psychologists and to examine what such concepts mean for people who work in the varied helping professions.
Especially, we have tried to answer two questions: (1) what ideas about human behavior have special value for understanding the helping relationship? and (2) What do these ideas imply for effective practice in the helping professions?
… In our experience, [perceptual psychology] speaks with special relevance to helpers and provides a framework for understanding students, clients, or patients that is immediately applicable to the practical problems helpers confront."
(Adapted from the Preface)
This is the second edition, revised and updated.« less