Working with Involuntary Clients: A Guide to Practice

Working with Involuntary Clients: A Guide to Practice

Working with Involuntary Clients: A Guide to Practice

Working with Involuntary Clients: A Guide to Practice

Synopsis

A fully revised second edition of this widely used practical guide for social workers and welfare workers with statutory clients in probation, child protection, mental health and related fields.

Excerpt

How do you help someone who has no interest in being helped? What can you do with clients in the welfare or justice systems who are not motivated to change? How do you counsel someone who does not even recognise that they have a problem? How do you work with someone who has a totally different set of values from yourself? How can you help someone deal with their problems and at the same time exercise authority over them?

These are questions which workers with involuntary clients face on a daily basis. These workers are asked to help clients who have not chosen to be helped and who may be resistant or even openly antagonistic to the assistance they are offered; to help clients and at the same time collect information which may subsequently be used against them; to testify against clients in court and then to work with them in a helping relationship; and to work in a collaborative manner with clients, yet make authoritative decisions about their lives.

This book aims to help workers with involuntary clients come to terms with these issues.

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