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Getting Ready to Help -- by Martin J. McMorrow, M.S., Foreword Author: Allan I. Bergman

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"Marty McMorrow's new book will be helpful for clinical staff, managers and direct support professionals. He provides remarkable insight into communication, behavior and human interaction. This is a critical staff development tool." —Cathy Ficker-Terrill, President of Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities

"McMorrow's Getting Ready to Help is much more than a primer. It is a philosophy and approach to helping people, regardless of their disabling conditions or the accompanying behaviors, with dignity and respect. Better yet, when helpers use this approach, it really works." —Kate Fralish, Ph.D., Center for Comprehensive Services, Inc.

"In my 32 years of Human Service work, this is the best book I have read that speaks directly to any worker with front line responsibility in supporting people with disabilities.... Taking focused theory, McMorrow has woven personal experiences into simple strategies for successful intervention. This is must reading for new employees or ancillary staff who relate to people with disabilities. —Al Condeluci, Ph.D., CEO, UCP of Pittsburgh

What is the purpose of helping? Why have I become involved in a helping profession?How can my interactions get me in a better position to help? Are there ways of interacting that can improve the quality of our lives?

Direct support staff who serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities — including developmental, psychiatric, and traumatic brain injuries — will explore these and many other questions in this practical, provocative, and inspirational handbook. This concise guide is written by a veteran of the direct support field, who draws on more than 30 years of service in diverse settings to shed light on what works and doesn’t work. Readers will get straightforward, real-world advice on key issues like:

  • recognizing and avoiding potentially harmful interactional styles

  • developing a deeper understanding of behavior 

  • forming relationships that benefit both the helper and the person being helped

  • promoting autonomy and independence in individuals

  • creating personal intervention plans

  • using positive reinforcement to increase desired behavior

  • finding joy in the experience of helping others

Sensitively written and enriched with stories from the author’s personal experience, this easy-to-read book is ideal for staff training seminars, new employees, or seasoned professionals seeking a fresh perspective on helping.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Allan I. Bergman

Introduction: I Could Have Been a Map Drawer

Objective One: Do No Harm

Objective Two: Don’t Blame

Objective Three: Watch for Reciprocity

Objective Four: Create a Mutually Reinforcing Relationship

Objective Five: Teach the Person to Fish

Objective Six: Bounce Off the Upsets

Objective Seven: Be Clear on the Purpose of Your Help

Objective Eight: Experience the Joy of Helping

Conclusion: On Beliefs, Science, and Getting Ready to Help


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