ABSTRACT

This book emphasizes the values of what people have and how they can be helped to use their present capacities to effect their own changes. We begin with the fundamental thesis that no one can effect change in another person with­ out the participation of the person in whom change is de­ sired. This is as true of children as it is of adults. The focus lies in what people can be helped to achieve and not in what is done to, or for, them to bring about change. T a ft2 has this clearly in mind when she states: “The word therapy is used instead of treatment because in its derivation there is not so much implication of manipulation of one person by another.” Therapy is concerned with a process and must give full recognition to the essential participation of the patient in this process. As Taft says: “Therapy cannot do anything to anybody-hence can better represent a process going on, observed perhaps, understood perhaps, assisted perhaps, but not applied.”