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Privileged glimpses 16: Support is meaningless all by itself

It’s sad to see how many people will confidently state that they’ll offer support as though that solves the problem but when pressed have no idea about what is really required. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 14: You’re probably not an emergency service

If it doesn’t need emergency services it’s not an emergency. It may be something that’s better sorted out sooner than later but it’s not worth putting yourself or others at risk. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 13: The saviour fantasy

If you think that you can save the world you are wrong. If you are prepared to work on getting your own piece of the task right you can be part of a team that makes a real difference. The choice may be yours but the price if you overstretch yourself will be paid by your service users Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 12: Don’t flap

Some of the most caring and compassionate people I know are also the ones most likely to turn into headless chickens the moment anything out of the ordinary happens. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 10: Sympathy isn’t usually helpful

Empathy acknowledges and validates problems and emotions but then moves on to find solutions. Sympathy merely validates distress but offers no help to overcome it. In fact sympathy risks prolonging distress. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 8: Do as I do

The rule of thumb is very definitely ‘do as I do’ and not ‘do as I say’. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 4: Coping skills develop slowly

The next time your service user gets something wrong or fails to meet expectations don’t assume they’re incapable. Help them to grow because of that mistake, not in spite of it. It’s a vital part of learning new skills and new ways of coping. Continue reading

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