Getting Ready to Help: A Primer on Interacting in Human Service. Martin J. McMorrow. Baltimore: Brookes, 2003.

This is a very short, powerful, simply written, wonderful book for people who provide any type of direct support in human services as well as those who manage or direct them. As a primer on what actually constitutes “helping,” it would also be useful for family members, support coordinators, and people with disabilities themselves because it will help them identify when they are receiving real help and when they are not.

McMorrow's ideas are challenging to many human services assumptions and extraordinarily helpful themselves for providing foundational thinking about what helps and what does not help people. I recommend it to every human services agency and every individual in a situation where they are called upon to help others.

This book is not aimed solely at those...

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