Weaknesses Might Interfere   

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As you begin the discussion, remember to include all weekly assignments in the following format for organization also remember that all APA papers have an Abstract page:


1. Abstract


2. First paragraph with topic heading to respond to: what most surprised you?


3. Second paragraph with topic heading to respond to: from the client’s perspective, how might your weaknesses interfere with the helping process?


4. Third paragraph with topic heading to respond to: how will what you learned determine your future professional development needs?


5. Complete APA References






Human services professionals are drawn to the field for many different reasons. Regardless of how one enters human services, it operates on five important values that serve as the guiding framework and drive the work done to help others. Acceptance, tolerance, individuality, self-determination, and confidentiality are the values that guide professional behavior and service delivery. Understanding these values is critical in becoming an effective helper.


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In addition to these core values, the research has clearly defined suggested characteristics that are needed to be an effective helper. However, to be effective in the work that is done to create change, professionals need to have an understanding of themselves and their values first. Without this understanding of how personal values, biases, and opinions impact the helping situation, the helping environment is ineffective. Being able to create a neutral helping situation where a client feels they are heard, valued, and protected when vulnerable is necessary for effective helping to occur.


This week you will embark on a self-assessment journey challenging you to look at who you are and the impact this might have on how you develop professionally. The information you obtain about yourself will be important as you continue to develop your skills to become an effective helper.


Week 1 – Assignment 1 – Human Services Values – 250 Words


Reflect on the human services values described in this unit’s reading in An Introduction to Human Services, addressing the following:


·         Which human services value is the most difficult for you to practice? Include an example of a situation that encompasses that value and why it would be difficult for you to use it.


·         Which human services value is the most important to you and why?


·         How might your understanding of the values that guide practice help you determine your future professional development needs?


Response Guidelines


Respond to two of your peers, providing an additional example from your experience that encompasses the value that they identified. Provide two additional recommendations that they have not considered.


Week 1 – Assignment 2 – Reflection: Self-Assessments – 250 Words


In this unit’s studies, you took several self-assessment inventories presented in readings from Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions in order to provide you with a profile of your strengths and weaknesses.


Provide a summary of the self-assessment inventories you completed and answer the following:


·         What most surprised you?


·         From the client’s perspective, how might your weaknesses interfere with the helping process?


·         How will what you learned determine your future professional development needs?


Response Guidelines


Review the summary and recommendations of two peers and:


·         Provide two additional recommendations that they have not considered.


·         Provide two additional areas of impact their weaknesses might have on the helping process.






Examples of other student post assignments 1:


1st Student:




The word “value” and what people value may be different from one individual to another. But in the helping profession, value should always be defined and directed towards the customer (Porter, 2010). This is because it is the customer that is being served that will be affected by whatever human service value a professional believes is most important. The customer is always at the center of the helping relationship.




According to Woodside and McClam, (2014) acceptance, tolerance, respect for individuality, confidentiality and self-determination are all values that guide the practice of the profession of human services. To this writer, the most difficult of these values will have to do with confidentiality. According to the National Association of Social Workers (2008), social workers and human services professionals should protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of professional service. But often times, this writer goes back home to discuss client’s issues with his family, which is contrary to the rules and a bad practice. This is because one never knows where divulged information may end up. Acceptance is however the most important service values to writer, because it embraces in totality the good and not so good aspect of the client. Demonstrating acceptance towards the client will surely make the individual more comfortable and willing to fully participate in the helping relationship.




The understanding of the values that guide practices will surely help this writer to develop not only future professional needs, but also personal needs. This is because these values, while being good tools that will make one become successful on the job, adhering to the values in personal life will also surely bolster the relationship with families and friends.




National Association of Social Workers, NASW, (2008). Code of ethics of the national association of social workers. Retrieved from http://www.naswdc.org/pubs/code/code.asp


Porter, M. E. (2010). What is value in health care? The New England Journal of Medicine, 363(26), 2477-81. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMp1011024


Woodside, M. & McClam,T. (2014). An introduction to human services (8thed.). Stamford, CT: Cenage Learning. ISBN-13: 9781285749907


2nd Student




Attitudes and values have been in circulation for years. Values guide and influence attitudes and behaviors. Ethics and beliefs can sometimes bring on added problems and sometimes can be very beneficial within the helping profession. However, if professionals are not ready to confront differences, then several dilemmas may arise in the field of practice.


A Difficult Human Service Value


Within the human service field the helper should offer assistance and remember that each individual is unique. The individual is depending upon the helper to use their knowledge, values and skills in order to assist them with their presenting problems (Woodside & McClam, 2015). Having to make decisions, as a plan of action in practice can sometimes become very challenging, however, the value of self-determination can sometimes bring about conflict. So as a Professional, the learner would not push his views upon the client but try to suggest other avenues that may guide the client to a better outcome. Moreover, in the end, I do realize that choices are the desires of the client, and the client must live with their choices.  As according to Boer & Fischer (2013) values are basic motivational orientations that guide actions and evaluations including social attitudes, while understanding and predicting the type of social attitudes that follow from and are guided by values.


Most Important Human Service Value


It is widely believed that our attitudes and sociality are guided by what one considers as important in life-that is, by our values (Boer, & Fischer, 2013).  Confidentiality is a value characteristic that should always be upheld and kept, due to respect, dignity and honor. According to Cottrell, Neuberg, &Li (2007) the authors use an imagery of imaging that if the world was perfect, would society still choose some individuals over others and could we trust that individuals would highly value others. Somehow for example: the ideology would be an argument similar to theMatching Client and Counselorsituation according to Corey, Corey, & Callanan (2012) stating that well trained practitioners cannot effectively counsel clients effectively due to barriers and clients being different. In the learners defense, counseling and confidentially appears to be one of the main reasons people trust and confide in professionals.


Understanding Values


When  professionals learn to understand the true meaning of values and how it guides the field of practice, the learner believes better results and outcomes will only add to enriching and empowering the different cultures in communities, families, individuals, groups and organizations. However, this will not just happen overnight, but awareness and education is a start. Because in order to be effective in any filed, the learner believes that core values must be in place to assist a vast society that is very so in need of help.




Boer, D. & Fischer, R. (2013). How and when do personals values guide over attitudes and sociality? Explaining cross-cultural variability-value linkages. Psychological Bulletin, vol. 139(5), 1113-1147.


Cottrell, C. A., Neuberg, S. L., & Li, N. P (2007). What do people desire in others? A socio-functional perspective on the importance of different valued characteristic. Journal of personalityand Social Psychology, vol. 82(2), 208-231.


Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Callanan, P (2012). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (8th ed.) {Custom Textbooks}. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learmning. ISBN: 9781133731047.


Woodside, M. R., & McClam, T. (2015). An introduction to human services (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781285749907.




Examples of other student post assignments 2:


1st Student:




The use of self-assessments helps to improve professional’s performance and identify weakness and strengths. The goal of the tool is to gather data about self toward interests and values. Self-assessments do not have a right or wrong answer, but enlightens and evaluates in order to direct and guide a direction of self toward a better development and understanding.


Most Surprised


After carefully reading the survey concerning self-assessment, the questions and answers were somewhat alarming. The questions brought on some deep thinking and understanding as to which answer is correct, or which answer should I choose in order to be ethical and professional. However, there are no correct or wrong answers, but establishing a baseline approach did bring out strengths and weaknesses. As according to Corey & Corey (2012) professionals who work with others have a responsibility to be aware of their own life issues. Without awareness, a professional could prevent the intervention of progress during helping clients, causing them not to reach their full potential or goals.


Weaknesses Might Interfere


As according to Gerbasi & Prentice (2013) self-interest exerts a powerful influence on behavior and self-bel