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Toward the Skilled Helper

To act for persons in distress is to provide temporary help; to help them help themselves is to provide true assistance. The skilled helper listens to problems and helps darify potential solutions. He or she opens up options for the client, helping identify alternatives for solving problems. In skilled helping, the client coproduces alternatives and helps analyze the most appropriate option. Accordingly, the skilled helper does not solve problems {ar clients, but leads them in finding their own solutions.