The Barefoot Helper

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By Mark Hamer

Large format paperback, 112 pages

Published 2006

The Barefoot Helper is about celebrating the human spirit and embracing the creativity that defines human beings. It encourages clients and workers to understand who they really are and what they really want, and helps them to create clear goals based on their insights. It is a synthesis of ideas from Taoism, yoga and Hindu philosophy, Christian Mysticism and Occult thought, Zen Buddhism... and from Brief Solution Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Life Coaching. All suggest that happiness comes for:

  • doing the least harm
  • focused effort
  • clarity of thought
  • respect
  • awareness
  • clear goals
  • taking time not just to act and do things but also sometimes to stop 'doing things' and experience life directly

The Barefoot Helper lets you experience the very life of spontaneous engagement with another human being, experience the full joy of living and being, while doing not just food work, but fantastic work. Written in a spirit of celebration, it reminds us that, as workers, we are a positive force in the world, intensely practical and useful, it will help you think about how you work.

Social workers, students, teachers, practitioners, managers and anyone else who works with people, sick people, hurting, abused or abusing people, violent people, people without hope, drug misusing drinking, worried or frightened people.

This includes youth workers, mental health workers, substance misuse workers, criminal justice workers, carers and health workers.


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