For Parents and Professionals:
The Helping Act is a Three Part Job.
- Clients (children and families)
- Getting along with the other adults (Team)
- Working on our own growth (Self)
We primarily focus on only one part of that job, namely the children. Most ads in the newspaper are only about that mission. “WANTED: Parents and Professionals to work with special needs kids, medically-fragile babies, traumatized children (physical and/or sexual abuse and neglect), addicted kids, victims, victimizers, runaways, prostitutes, etc .
The second part of our job is to form therapeutic relationships with our co-workers. Children are PTSD (posttraumatic stress) sensitive to conflict within families having come divorced, single parent, domestic violent, addictive households, etc. Our children will not miss our conflicts with one another and will not be able to heal in poisonous atmospheres rife with overt or covert conflicts.
The third part of the job is working on our own growth. Adults need to be congruent role models for growth by living what they are teaching. Children learn best from adults who come from a “Do what I do”, not “Do what I say” model.
The trainings are designed to actively engage participants in the “joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.” The trainings are experiential, pragmatic, hands-on teachings of what is within our power and what it is not within our power.
Things outside of our power are anyone else’s life; their joy, happiness, responsibilities, decisions. Those are up to them. How to best elicit alliance and cooperation with our clients is a huge part of the training focus.
Things within our power is our ability to communicate (listen and speak) effectively, to be role models for truth, to be less codependent and anti-dependent and more interdependent, to form healing alliances with other adults, and to keep growing up within ourselves. These are a huge part of the training focus.
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October 29, 2012