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"Why here? Why now?": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

Life is never without its challenge, but there is always the opportunity to learn and grow from those demands made on us. Dr Neil Thompson offers advice to tackle these problems and help social workers and care professionals to realise their potential.

16/05/21

"Why here? Why now?": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

When people come to us for help or reach the last straw when it becomes clear that they cannot continue without help, it can be very helpful to ask: Why here? Why now?

In other words, it pays to be clear about what has made the difference between carrying on as before and seeking change.

It is often the case that the problem(s) people need help with have been around for some time, but they have not sought help before.

So, why now? What has been the key factor that has made the difference. The answer to that question may tell us a great deal about the situation, how it is perceived by the person(s) concerned and therefore what it means to them.

It can also be helpful to ask: Why here? That is, why have they come to you? If there were other options available (and there usually are), why have they come here to seek your help? In some circumstances that too can cast important light on the subject.

Failing to ask ourselves these questions can mean that we are missing out on important information.

Dr Neil Thompson is an independent writer, educator and adviser.

His website is www.NeilThompson.info.

Connect with him online via @drneilthompson.

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