This text is intended to inspire people to make a difference in their work. Told through the experiences of those who "do good" as a vocation, it reflects the realities of helping others through those who are successful and flourishing in their work. Focused on helping beginners to feel good about their commitment to service, it is thus appropriate as a text in both under-graduate and graduate courses in counselling, human services, social work, education, and similar survey courses. It is also of use to both professionals and those involved in volunteer helping efforts.
"I found this book to be quite helpful because if focuses on the quality of relationship between client and counselor. Kottler, who has written over 20 books in the field, gives specific help to us to be conscious of what is going on within ourselves as we counsel, so that we can get our needs met in loving ways rather than believe that in altruistic giving we are not concerned with getting. Let us give care with passion and excitement!" -- Journal of Psychology and Christianity
"Dr. Kottler has influenced a whole generation of mental health professionals with his fresh, honest, and challenging stories of the joys and pain we all experience. This book provides the newcomer to the field with a heartfelt welcome, using the voices of seasoned professionals to build self-knowledge and to share essential survival skills." -- Tom Blume, Ph.D., Oakland University
"…a compelling and engaging book…It fills a distinct void typically found in introductory classes dealing with the initial training of counselors, therapists, applied scientists, human service workers, and social workers. As a supplement to these introductory texts, it has no parallel." -- Steven C. Dinsmore, EdD, Wayne State University
Preface. Welcome With Open Arms. Why Do People Help Others and What Do They Get Out of It? Voices From Those Who Help. Reading Minds and Other Superpowers. The Price Paid. How Helping Works. The Process of Lasting Change. Excuses and Obstacles to Overcome. Where Can You Go Next?