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.
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
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
I work on accepting each person where they are in their life, which
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
He was like a father/friend to me.
He seemed to care about me
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
My own father seemed to think that all women are good for is sex and
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.
may not realize until years later as I did, that someone had a positive affect on
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 that when the inmates are released into society,
they at least have marketable job skills working in their favor.
I think community service should be required as an alternative to jail or