The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions

The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions

The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions

The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions

Excerpt

If the world has not approached its end, it has reached a major watershed in history equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will demand from us a spiritual blaze; we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life, where our physical nature will not be crushed, as in the Middle Ages, but even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon, as in the Modern Era.

—Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn,
A World Split Apart

There is a crisis in caring for persons that cuts across the boundaries of the helping professions. Patients in hospitals feel depersonalized and processed, students suffer from inadequate attention, clients wonder if therapists really care about them, and parishioners feel unknown in their places of worship. Caregivers are rewarded for efficiency, technical skill, and measurable results, while their concern, attentiveness, and human engagement go unnoticed within their professional organizations and institutions.

The manifestations of our failure to care satisfactorily for people are legion. Social indexes indicate that the gap between the rich and poor is widening. The unemployment rate rises, and workers receive fewer employee benefits. This country has one of the least adequate family support systems in the Western world. Violence is increasing, and the prison population grows without reform. Though the United States is a wealthy country, its medical care statistics are as alarming as those of developing nations. Our public school system is crumbling, and people are searching for alternatives.

The failure to care for our citizens undermines the best efforts of science, technology, and management. Much of the burden of this fail-

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.