Human Service Professional Analysis

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The role of the human service professional is to assist clients with bringing about change in their lives, helping them to meeting certain goals, and overcome obstacles. According the National Organization for Human Services website, “The primary purpose of the human services professional is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living” (2015, para. 11). This can be one of the most rewarding, yet challenging professions. Appropriate professional image plays a vital role in the helping relationship. Presenting a professional appearance will help to project a sense of professionalism to clients and better distinguish the helping relationship from just another friendship. The use of …show more content…
If a clinician has sound values, they are less likely to cross those lines and act in an unprofessional way. Stereotypes can also be used, though with caution, when working with diverse demographics. Having a general knowledge of different cultural norms can help to prevent the clinician from offending clients. Conversely, personal values, beliefs, prejudge and stereotypes can hinder a helping relationship. A clinician who is lacking in solid values can easily get into situations that can cause harm to the client, and even lead to lose of employment and in most states criminal charges. A clinician who believes that stereotypes are universal truths can also thwart the helping …show more content…
The fact that Reggie moved out of their home directly after the knife incident, and they are now seeking help for this issue I would not be obligated to report. Likewise, the fact that by me reporting this I would destroy the clients’ confidence in me and the helping relationship, I would not report. The same goes for the drug issue. Unless the state department of corrections was my employer, I would not report the drug

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