Client Socialization: The Achilles' Heel of the Helping Professions


Jones and Alcabes consider qualities which must imbue the relationship between individuals seeking help and those professionally trained to respond. They stress that "help-seekers" only become "clients" if they are truly involved, through a process of socialization, in their own rehabilitation. The authors discuss the very real problems facing professionals, and develop a three-stage process for determining the progress of those seeking help--applicant, novice, client. They clearly and practically provide sound and sorely needed guidance for improving the efficacy of the help-seeker's relationship to the professional. The principles set forth are valid across the spectrum of the helping professions.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993


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