In Chapter 7, you will read about some of the things that community members expect, and the importance of community collaborations. The chapter also addresses self-help organizations. For this discussion:
Define the Helper-Therapy principle as described on pages 192-193
Give an example of a self-help group with which you are familiar and describe how the Helper-Therapy principle works for that group
Community Collaboration and Advocacy
Help theory or the helper therapy principle was first described by Frank Riessman (1965) in an article published in the journal Social Work. The principal suggests that when an individual (the “helper”) provides assistance to another person, the helper may benefit. Riessman`s model has inspired subsequent research and practice by scholars, clinicians, and indigenous populations to address a variety of social and health-related issues plaguing individuals and communities around the world. Whether the group is focused on weight loss, smoking cessation, substance abuse, alcoholism, mental illness and recovery, or countless other needs, a defining feature of the group is that people are deeply engaged in helping one another, and are in part motivated by an explicit interest in their own healing. These groups adhere to the view that people who have experienced a problem can help each other in ways that professionals cannot, that is, with greater empathy and more self-disclosure.