Chapter 7

1. Describe how each of the five stages of the helping process can aid in the well-being of clients.

The five stages of the helping process include components of the problem-solving process such as identifying the problem, setting goals to resolve the problem and determining and applying strategies designed to help the client reach those goals. The stages are preparation, the client arrives, exploring the problem, intervention strategies and termination. Preparation includes the physical setting of a human service worker and how the client may take it. Paperwork on clients is important but some clients might not want the worker writing while they are talking. When the client arrives there needs to be respect and acceptance of a client. Client should be approached with a smile, a handshake and a introduction. Some clients can’t wait to tell the worker about their problems but others won’t and there are ways to do that. Exploring the problem which is when the problems the client is having is discussed with the professional. When the problems are identified you can move on to the next stage which Intervention Strategies which is setting goals to resolve the problems. Termination is when the relationship between client and professional may end and that can happen in several ways. A positive way is when both participants are satisfied.

2. Describe how an assessment of the client’s history can aid in the well-being/happiness.

The assessment of the client’s history can aid in the well-being/happiness because it can give the human service professional a better understanding on their client to know their history.

3. Describe the special attitudes, skills, and values that the human service professional need for each of the five stages of helping in order to successfully aid in the well-being of clients.

Some skills the professional must know is the message the client is giving you whether its nonverbal or verbal messages. Certain cues can show what a client might be saying non verbally. Responsive listening and active listening describe the behaviors of helpers as they attend to both the verbal and the nonverbal communication of the client. Attending behavior is another way to let the client know the heeler is listening, to encourage the client to talk about and examine issues, problems or concerns. This behavior can include eye contact, vocal qualities, verbal tracking and body language.

4. Describe the SOLAR and how can it promote well-being between the client and human service workers relationship.

Each letter in the acronym SOLER stands for something and makes it easy to remember. Face the client Squarely, adopt and Open posture, Lean toward the other person, Maintaian good Eye contact, and try to be relatively Relaxed. These are guiedines that the professional can use to better help their clients.

5. Describe the various body language message clients’ express. Include those that indicate less that well-being.

The various body language messages can all mean different things, for example leaning forward in a chair is interest in what is being discussed between client and professional.

6. Describe how the human service professional might use the body language message of a client to promote the well-being of a client in session.

The human service worker can sure the body language of a client to promote well-being because they can relate certain positions to meaning of their well-being and if they were interested in what was being discussed in the session.

7.Describe how group therapy can promote the well-being of a client.

Group therapy can be used to promote the well-being of a client because they are able to interact with others who maybe have the same problems they have and can discuss with others and get more feedback.

8. Describe how the humans service worker can approach the silent client to aid their needs towards well-being.

The human service worker can approach the silent client by reading their body language and using what they mean to help the well-being of the client.

9. Describe how the human service worker can approach the overly demanding client in order to aid their needs in the well-being.

The human service worker can approach the overly demeaning client in order to aid their needs by setting reasonable limits to decrease the clients’ dependence, limiting client-helper contact to working hours and examine the helpers own needs to be needed. The helper can also encourage the demanding behavior of a client.

10.  The unmotivated worker can be approached by explaining certain things to client such as confidentiality, the helper can explain the process to the client.

11. A crisis-intervention can aid in the well-being of the client because it is a helping process that occurs at a much faster pace than other helping and incorporates many of the helping roles and skills. These occur when their is an emergency such as suicide threats or attempts, the discovery of an unwanted pregnancy, abandonment, or natural disasters. The crisis has to be identified in order to know what the problem is and a resolution of the crisis can be made.

12. Resolution Focused Brief Treatment can aid in the well-being of a client is because it is based upon client strengths with a focus on the present and future. This can help improve their lives and begin to have goals.

chapter 5 discussion

1.  Assessing the “whole person” can aid in the well-being of a client because they are individuals with multifaceted perspectives and problems in one area that can influence problems in other areas.

2. The eight stages of development by Erik Erickson                                                        1.Basic trust versus basic mistrust                                                                                2. Autonomy versus shame and doubt                                                                          3. Initiative versus guilt                                                                                                    4. Industry versus inferiority                                                                                            5. Identity versus role confusion                                                                                    6. Intimacy versus isolation                                                                                            7. Generality versus stagnation                                                                                  8. Ego integrity versus despair                                                                                    Well-being can be achieved if the individual successfully completes each task because as human development is a continuous process and the certain phases and stages that must be completed during ones life span and if the stages are underdeveloped a persons social context, characteristics and other challenges can occur disrupting the well-being of the individual.

3. Mas low’s hierarchy of needs are from bottom to top being,                                            1. physiological needs; such as food, rest, shelter and water which are vital essentials needed to live.                                                                                                    2. Safety Needs- protection; offers the security and the ability to feel safe                    3. Social needs; acceptance, love; offers emotional connection to others                    4. Esteem needs; recognition and independence; offers gratification from in-dependency and freedom                                                                                            5. Self actualization- realizing ones full potential

4. A situation problem can impact a persons well-being because they are problems resulting from accidents, violent crimes, natural disasters, and major changes in life may be a marker of a more complex situation and they can lead to the short or long term difficulties.

5. A developmental problem can impact a persons well-being because the process of growth and change that individuals normally experience are effected.

6. Societal changes impact on the well-being of individuals and society because there are conflicts within old and new values. leaving the individual in an unfamiliar situation.

7. remembering to examine clients as individuals, part of a group and specific population can aid in the efficient well-being because you use all perspectives to better assist.

8.proper referral can aid in the well-being of clients because once the problem is identified the proper help is acquired making it more productive.

9. The barriers to help/treatment exist and impact the well-being because they become an hindrance in assisting the client to the fullest potential.

10. A clients expectations of the worker and services can aid or hinder the process of well-being because the person can either evoke distrust and suspicion or expect them to be unbiased and full of hope.

11. Advice given by the human service professional can hinder the well-being of the client because it might be biased and unethical.

Apps for me

This past week has been pretty stressful. I was busy planning a party for my little brother. So when this happy apps assignment I thought oh great something to add to my load. I went through the list of apps and decided to focus on two specifically. I downloaded T2 mood tracker and GPS for the soul. T2 Mood tracker is an app that basically graphs some of your emotions you have daily. From you input every day, so you are able to see your feelings and how they’ve gone up or down. You can notice certain patterns and changes. There are 6 major categories , Anxiety, Depression, General well-being, head injury , PTS, and stress. In each existing category there are sub questions to follow. Giving you a scale between two extremes such as hopeful, to hopeless, unsafe to safe, panicked to content and asking you to rate yourself on where you believe you fall into on that spectrum. I found this pretty difficult, because they were such extremes, it really made me question myself, and I thought maybe if they had other categories or some mid-way kind of thing that would also be helpful. For instance instead of just having two categories having something like, a little, a lot, middle etc. After using this app for 4 days my results were all over the place. I guess that’s kinds true, I was all over the place this weekend. I had some ups and downs, I was at a point extremely content and then I also felt sort of sad. And the graph does represent that. Although I think I’m going to delete it , I don’t find it useful at all. Honestly its burden to be answering all those questions every single day, its repetitive and instead of being helpful it just becomes a task.
The second app I chose to look at was GPS for the soul. I also didn’t have a clue what this app was going to be about , but the app’s name caught my attention. I also downloaded this app on Thursday. On Friday I was beginning to feel a lot of stress and I decided to open the app and sure enough it was a pleasant surprise. The app offers small inspirational type of slideshows/videos. These different tracks are aimed to help you out during some tough times. Its sort of like having yoga on your phone. I opened up a couple of guides “ Finding Calm during the times of change” , the sound that comes along with each guide are very peaceful and make you feel relaxed. On Saturday I got into an argument with someone and I didn’t know how to handle the situation I automatically went to my phone. My first thought was to post something on my social media but just as I was about to open up my Facebook I saw the app and I opened it up instead. There I opened the guide called “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Smile” the name sounded extremely corny but I thought sure why not. And after reading the little messages and replaying it a couple of times it actually did help change my mood. So do I think that these kinds of apps work, sometimes, if your desperate enough . But then again I don’t think I can tell from only a couple of days, I’d have to use them for at least a month to really see .

Happiness apps

There is literally an app available for everything. There are apps to help you find the nearest starbucks to apps that deliver food right to your door. With these apps you are able to get anything you need with in minutes. It is even arguable if such apps make us lazy or if they are actually designed for convenience. If you’re an extremely busy mother that can barely make it to the market for tonight’s dinner or a disable person who isn’t even able to make it down the block these apps are life savers. Apps that can help you study for a huge exam or even apps that can keep you entertained are available with in a few clicks of your phone.

So of course there has to be apps available to track your happiness. Or to even promote happiness and well-being. It might have seemed somewhat silly a few years ago to have your phone ask how you’re feeling at that very moment or to even have it tell you who you’re the happiest with. But now a days that something typical and available with apps such as Mappiness. With Mappiness researches from the London School of Economics are able to track you anonymously through GPS. They are also able to graph your happiness out with just answering a few questions a few times a day. Their primary interest is to figure out how your environment affects your happiness.

But not only are you able to use apps alone but you can use these apps more socially with groups of friends with what’s called a buddy system. With the app called Headspace you are able to share your experience and other fun content with your friends what have similar interests. Headspace focuses on treating your head right through techniques that fulfill their mission of a healthier, happier world one phone at a time. Within this app there are techniques available to deal with stress, relationships and even creativity. This app even uses ethos to establish their reputation by using Emma Watson as a sponsor she states how genus this app is. They also use other former anonymous clients that speak on how amazing this app is.

Apps & all the other interesting things.

After looking through all of the apps and checking them out. I signed up for most and try to test my happiness earlier today on happily first, but that didn’t give me much info at all on my happiness it wanted me to sign up to see how Im feeling. Then I looked at the other apps and downloaded especial and in-flow because those were the main apps that caught my eye and the others I signed up and played around with them especially headspace because it was more about meditation and relaxation which I didn’t understand how to work. Then I played around with espereal and it was cool although I didn’t have any friends, but I was playing with the mood changer and I saw what all of the colors meant, one color meant jay-z which I thought was cool and weird at the same time because why does the app have a mood feeling as if their Jay-z.

Then as I waited for in-flow to down load I played around with it and the way that works is it goes buy face expression based on how someone is feeling whether it is sad,happy, or angry at the time I downloaded it and was doing my homework I was feeling ok and calm at the time. Then they track it on a line graph by the date and I’m supposed to track how I am feeling for the week, then it will tell me what is my mood through the day whether it changes or stay the same. Which I thought was cool and it gives you advice as well such as taking a shower, donating, and exercising to make you feel more happier during the day?

Also I have received numerous emails from all the apps and so far I enjoy them because I am bored half of the time and I play around with them. I think I have to understand how to work them more, most of them consist of a lot of reading to get to the next step and some apps did, some didn’t I want to get straight to the point with the app. Also I thought some apps I didn’t like that you had to use Facebook in order to signup and I am a person who don’t trust apps and I don’t use Facebook and the type of apps that ask for access for your Facebook I dont know why they did and don’t see the point, but overall they were cool and most of them you needed to pay something in order to get the full access of the app or the website. Overall trying something knew on my phone wasn’t a bad experience and looking at something different on the internet was fun and different as well and made me think more about happiness anyhow release stress more and cool out more instead of overthinking things and getting myself worked up and listening more.

Do apps really help figure out your happiness ?

In my opinion apps do not tell whether or not your are happy. Maybe I didn’t use the apps in the correct way but they didn’t work for me. But the most common app that a lot of people seem to go after is to track their mood and see whether or not the app can figure out how happy they may be. I tried out the T2 Mood Track and it wasn’t successful, you basically just put in your moods and nothing happens. It just shows up on a scale and the way they changed over the days kind of like keeping a chart of how much weight you lost every few weeks. Another app I tried was the Expereal and I was kind of not excited about it because of the fact  that the only way to login in was to login with your facebook account. You also had to put a picture and give access to your pictures and basically everything on your phone. So I don’t think that apps can figure out how happy you are, maybe the apps I tried out didn’t work for me or I didn’t use them correctly but they weren’t very helpful. It was more of just me putting information into my phone. I also noticed that some apps that were listed only worked on androids which sucked because when I looked at the information it looked that it would have probably worked better than the other apps. Another thing is that the apps that you had to pay for looked more interesting obviously than the free ones because they might actually work if you really have to pay for it right ?

Happiness through apps.

I was interested in trying the apps. I was curious to how it worked and if it even helped at all. So I downloaded the app “Mappiness”. When I first got it it asked me to answer some questions about my personal happiness and also my money and my income. I didn’t expect to be asked about money, so that took me off guard. When I was finally done they asked me questions based on how happy, relaxed and awake I was on a scale from 1-10. Then I was asked what I was doing and to check off all that apply and also where I was. That was about it. I get a update everyday from the app telling me to do the same thing. After a couple of days I looked at it and noticed it starts to create a chart based on my happiness. The app said I was most happy when I was home and indoors, which is very true. To be fair the times when I was notified to update my happiness I was home and I was recently sick, so that could have something to do with it. The more I use the app I’m sure the more I will find out. So far the app is telling me things I already know, so it’s helpful to see my happiness being tracked but at the same time I already know what they are telling me so far. Maybe after a while it will tell me things I don’t know, after all I did just start the app.

My favorite place to be is…

Let’s talk places! Being from Brooklyn, New York there are so many places to visit and explore. There are coffee shops to museums, thrift shops and so much more. But I’m more of a quiet person, I like spaces that are calm and I can just be myself in. Brooklyn is known for its urban culture, there is so much around to appreciate. There’s a little bit of everything. I mean come on, Brooklyn is where it’s at !
My favorite place is just a couple blocks away from where I live. That place is Dunkin Donuts. Yes I love going to Dunkin donuts. I think I first started drinking coffee when I was like 14 years old, when I started high school. Ever since than coffee has been a necessity to me. I know that if ever I need a place to kill time it’s Dunkin Donuts. I have made so many memories in the Dunkin donuts near my house. I’m there at least once a week, every week. I make sure I always have some money for coffee. When my cousin first came from Mexico, Dunkin Donuts was one of the first places I took him. There I ordered an iced mocha latte and he had a hot chocolate. We sat down at a table for two and talked for about two hours. I love going to Dunkin with different people. Everybody has their own reaction to the same place. You can go to a place a thousand times, and experience something new every time . I have a best friend named Tabitha, and during our senior year in high school Dunkin was our place to go. We spent almost every day there. Always venting and talking about different situations we were going through. I remember taking a college now class with her at Brooklyn college, and before every class we were sure enough to make a stop at Dunkin. Dunkin just makes me feel comfortable. I’ve had problems before, and didn’t really know where to go to get some clear thinking. I found sure enough that Dunkin was my safe haven. It’s a place where I get tranquility and the smell of coffee just makes a person feel good. There are so many memories I can talk about. I’ve had some extremely good times but I’ve also had some not so good times. I guess you can say it’s kind of corny to say that an orange and brown painted place is really corny. But I frankly don’t care. The dunking that’s around my house is also near a train station, a liquor store, a food market and a pizzeria. I find it interesting to just sit there and appreciate everything around , to see all the different people who walk by there and try to figure out where there going , what they’re doing, it’s fun to make up stories about them. After all there are so many unique people in Benson Hurst. I guess I can speak a lot about things that have happened there. I think it’s safe to say, you know it’s real if I take you to the Dunkin. This is because well all have things or places that are special or personal to us for our unique reasons. And when building a friendship or relationship we only choose certain people who we feel are worthy enough to share these things with. Dunkin has become a personal favorite of mine, and I don’t just go with anybody, and I know that if need a place to go I can order an iced latte and sit in my favorite coffee shop.

Relaxing happy place

Like many others I have many places I love being in. My room, boyfriends arms, my house, under a warm and soft blanky etc. but I can say my favorite happy place would be in 176 riverside. This is my happy place because like all other things I enjoy this place sums it up. I could come here alone or accompinied. The view is amazing and it helps me remain calm and collective. This place has the tendecy to relieve my stress and help me make important decisions in life. Just sitting and looking at the beautiful view helps me breath and sort out all of my thoughts to figure out what i will do next. In a bad or good day i like to admire the beautiful view.

Keep Up with Your Happiness Apps

I’ve tried to track many things in life; time, periods, appointments etc. but never my mood or happiness. But hey its possible. After a couple days with three different mood trackers I found some good qualities that these apps hold. The obvious is that the apps asks you how do you feel throughout the day. It would ask a couple questions about the mood you are in currently. Most apps ask with who you are and what you are doing as well.

Something i enjoyed about the app is the constant reminders throughout the day. This is because it almost feels as if someone actually cares to ask about them. ll Also that it is people friendly. When i say this i mean that the app ask questions in a nice way.