As we enter this learning experience, remember that helping is a life-long journey. We help someone to grow and, in so doing, we grow ourselves. We empower helpees to become helpers and, in so doing, they grow themselves. In learning helping skills, emphasize becoming “one” with the helpees: do not let the skills get in the way of seeing the world through their experience. As much as anything else, helping is a change in our conditioned “mindsets”: from the terror of dependency (and the myth of independency) to the truth of interdependency; from victimization to actualization; from survival to growth; from helpee to helper. In the simple words of Dr. Berenson, “Helping is the civilized thing to do.”


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