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(p. 174) The Future of Mental Healthcare 

(p. 174) The Future of Mental Healthcare
(p. 174) The Future of Mental Healthcare

Ann F. Garland

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date: 02 July 2022

To help prepare readers for a successful long-term career in mental health, this chapter highlights emerging trends and discoveries likely to shape the field in coming decades. Four major trends are reviewed: (1) technological innovations, (2) neuroscience applications, (3) integrated healthcare delivery, and (4) global mental health. Exciting innovations are described within each category along with preliminary research evidence of their impact. Particular emphasis is given to technological applications such as mobile apps, therapeutic video games, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and precision medicine. The tension between intended benefits of innovations versus unintended consequences is also debated. In different ways, all these innovations have the potential to expand and improve mental healthcare, but innovations bring new ethical challenges as well. Readers are encouraged to imagine their own career capitalizing on any of these promising developments.

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