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The Art of Helping Others: Being Around, Being There, Being Wise

The Art of Helping Others: Being Around, Being There, Being Wise [Kindle Edition]

Heather Smith , Mark Smith
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When searching for someone to help them reflect upon and improve their lives, people tend to be drawn towards those who are compassionate, committed and wise. This book is aimed at those who recognise these qualities in themselves and wish to develop their capacity to engage with and help others.The authors argue for ways of approaching helping and counselling that are rooted in empathy and commitment, drawing upon the experiences and practice wisdom of youth workers, housing support and hostel workers, the clergy and those working in a religious setting, educators and settlement and community workers. They explore the key characteristics of those who counsel and teach and examine aspects of the helping process, focusing on living life well, knowing and being oneself, relating to others and working to make change possible.This book will be essential reading for students on professional training programmes in youth work, community education, ministry, social care and counselling.

About the Author

Heather Smith has worked in youth projects, a special school, a residential centre working with families where a child has a very serious or terminal illness, and in a housing scheme for younger people. She is currently a lecturer at a further education college, and works in local projects with people who have, or had, difficulties with independent living and housing. Mark Smith has worked as a careers officer, youth and community worker and project worker. He is now the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at the YMCA George Williams College. Amongst his publications are Developing Youth Work, Local Education and Informal Education.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843106388
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (15 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VS0RTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #535,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 28 Jan 2013
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This is an easy to read, clearly written book. I had to buy it for university however out of all the textbooks I have had to buy this is the only one I have actually enjoyed ready. I would recommend it to envy one who works in a pastoral role with children and young people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book for everyone 8 Nov 2013
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This book is an inspiring and useful guide for strengthening friendships, widening acquaintances and helping others. It speaks to our inner-most selves to remind us or ask us about what kind of person we want to be. It describes the value of a willingness to listen attentively to others and to respond in a caring and respectful way. These are lessons for all of us.

Although the book is intended primarily as a guide to counselors, teachers, and advisors, it can benefit anyone who wants more deeply human and personal contact with others. Early chapters give advice for "living life well" and "knowing and being ourselves" and encourage us to cultivate the traits of character we hope to possess, especially integrity and authenticity.

As the title of the book suggests there is an art to making the persons around us feel at ease and be open to sharing ideas, beliefs and feelings. It takes creative effort and an ability to feel excitement about life, and it helps to be concerned about the flourishing of humanity as a whole.

We need to feel ourselves to be part of a community, which means that we need to participate in building and sustaining a community around us, in particular a "community of practice" among the people who do the work we do or strive for what we strive for.

The book provides an abundance of references to back up its claims and has further detailed bibliographic notes on a website.

"The Art of Helping Others" is a guide for drawing people together and helping us to be our better selves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good research... impersonal approach 16 Feb 2009
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I really wanted to like this book, and I really wanted to get into it and be moved by it... I really hoped that it would get me to think deeper about myself and how I relate to my patients (I am an acupuncturist). I tried to read it 3 or 4 times and every time was faced with an immense amount of well-researched material that is presented in a terrible way. This is obviously just one opinion, but I found that the authors don't speak to the reader, but are simply stating their findings, dryly and in a way that's so detached that I had to struggle to keep reading. The book isn't personal and it doesn't practice the very thing it talks about. I am a fairly well educated adult, with a master's degree, and working in a helping profession. I was hoping to get some more insight into improving my helping skills and bedside manner. I'll keep looking for more personal and in-touch material.
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