Human Services-Models of Effective Helping

Write a description of your personal model of helping and discuss how and why you have, at this point in your development, formed your viewpoints. Include:

a. How and why you formed this viewpoint
b. Your view of helping
c. The relationship between the clinician and the participant
d. Techniques or approaches to change
e. A coherent model that is consistent, shows adequate understanding of the material presented, and reflects the ability to integrate and synthesize the course material on models of effective helping
f. The kinds of problems that can be addressed with your model
g. Multicultural Issues
h. Limitations and strenghths of the model
i. The populations this model can help
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The questions can act as a tentative outline for your paper. You will address (a) to (i) I that order. To help you do this let’s look at each section. This paper is about your personal helping model, so you will need to decide which model fits best with your views of helping and how you view change occurring. Does it occur by being empathic and showing positive regard to a client as in feeling/humanistic change models, or does it occur though behavioral techniques applied, such as modeling, reinforcement, flooding, and so on. .

Generally helping is a process of interaction occurring between two people. “The helper is trying to facilitate the helpee in his/her attempt to use resources to take action to bring about a positive outcome to a problem. Effective helpers share common characteristics including “self-awareness, facilitative attitudes and values, emotional objectivity, an investigative approach, and a desire to strive for competence. (Parsons, 4)” (

a. How and why you formed this viewpoint

Your personal model of helping could be client centered and humanistic, while using an eclectic approach through using techniques from various theories throughout the counselling process.

Most people will form their helping viewpoint based on their personal helping style, and what theories best fit into their natural style of helping. It often involves trying each theory and techniques for ease of use, as well as adhering to the theoretical underpinnings of the theory. However, many people use techniques from various theories, even though they do not agree 100% with the theoretical underpinning. These are the eclectic counselors.

b. Your view of helping

What is your personal model of helping? Perhaps you are client-centered and thus believe in a humanistic model of change, such as the Rogerian model and techniques. Or, perhaps, you agree more with the cognitive-behavioral style in helping others or the behavioral model …