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The Heart of Being Helpful

Peter R. Breggin, MD

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract


This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon.

This CE test is based on the book "The Heart of Being Helpful" (2006, 179 pages). Based on Dr. Peter Breggin's more than 30 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a therapist, this book illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond – or healing presence – between helping professionals and their clients. The author provides useful vignettes, case studies, and personal insights to help both beginning and experienced therapists develop more empathy in therapeutic relationships. He asserts that the first step toward effective treatment is empathic self-transformation in the therapist. It is empathy and self-transformation that lie at the heart of being helpful. Topics include vulnerability, nurturing, helplessness, forgiveness, and spirituality, as well as tips for working with clients in extreme emotional crises, children and families, and clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Closeout Course #40-36 | 25 posttest questions 

This course will be discontinued on 12/31/2014.  

Learning Objectives

1.Describe the importance of a healing presence and the qualities that define it
2.List strategies for developing and maintaining a healing presence
3.Identify strategies for overcoming the challenges to developing a healing presence
4.Define empathic self-transformation and describe ways of achieving it
5.Describe the author’s concerns about drug therapy, including the ways in which it can impair empathy

Professional Development Resources, Inc. (ACE Approval #1046) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWBwww.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for the online/home study program. Social workers participating in this course will receive clinical continuing education clock hours (amount shown above). Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Approval #PCE1625); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


Disclosure: No commercial support was received for this CE activity.

About the Author(s)

Peter R. Breggin, MD, conducts a private practice of psychiatry in Ithaca, New York, where he treats adults, couples, and families with children. He also does consultations in the field of clinical psychopharmacology and often acts as a medical expert in criminal, malpractice and product liability suits. His background includes Harvard College, Case Western Reserve Medical School, a one-year internship and a three-year residency in psychiatry, including a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School. After his training, he accepted a two-year staff appointment at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has taught at several universities, including a faculty appointment to the Johns Hopkins University Department of Counseling. He is noted for his critiques of biological psychiatry and his focus on psychosocial and spiritual alternatives for healing emotional suffering in children and adults.

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