Introduction to Human Services
Jeffrey, "A Human Services Professional is someone who is a facilitator
for someone who is not able or not yet able to deal with issues in a healthy way.
I am taking classes so that I can learn how to best help empower people change
their situation by believing in themselves. I believe that people have the
answers within themselves, but may need help getting in touch with their
spiritual or intuitive self. As human services providers, we hopefully strive
to model healthy behavior, including the fact that we are human, need support
from our peers, and can make mistakes."
"When a client is ready, we educate them to give them an idea of what is
destructive behavior, bring to their attention possible consequences of their
actions, and suggest ideas or alternatives. Usually a client already knows all
this, they just never knew a better way or thought their way of dealing with
life was normal. I work on accepting each person where they are in their life,
which takes strength. I may be saying in my mind, 'Can't you see your way out
of the prison you're in?', but then I remember that I used to be in the same
place, and it took years to find my way out. I still struggle with my addiction,
and it still affects me, just not so profoundly."
"What I would like to do is work with teenagers. As a teenager, I was
befriended by a Young Life leader. He was a man in his 40's and didn't want
anything from me but to be my friend. When I drank beer at lunch, he didn't
tell me to not drink. I don't remember his words so much as the feeling I got
when we were together. He was like a father/friend to me. He seemed to care
about me unconditionally. He looked at me like a real human person, which made
me uncomfortable, which now looking back, was probably because I wasn't used to
that. My own father lived in the same house with me, but he was not emotionally
available to me. My own father seemed to think that all women are good for is
sex and housekeeping. That scares me when I think of that now. My first
husband thought of me only as good for sex, baby making, and housekeeping. I am
grateful that I have wised up since then.
My passion is to work in the alternative schools as a tutor or mentor,
to help give kids some kind of an idea what life can be about. I may not see
results right away, but I do believe that 'being there' for kids is an
investment. They may not realize until years later as I did, that someone had a
positive affect on their lives." 2 One of my coworkers from Vietnam told me
that in her country, the prisoners work for their food. I thought to myself, as
I am sure many people have before, that we should try that here in this country.
I do not think that sitting in prison really helps anybody. I have heard that
there are work camps where the inmates learn a skill or trade so...