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(p. 190) Shared Wisdom and Suggested Inspiration 

(p. 190) Shared Wisdom and Suggested Inspiration
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(p. 190) Shared Wisdom and Suggested Inspiration
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Ann F. Garland

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197544716.003.0015
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date: 02 July 2022

This chapter reinforces and expands on some of the key themes in the book and offers numerous recommendations for further inspiration and career preparation. Using the ancient Daoist yin/yang figure as a symbolic metaphor, several dualities that mental health professionals need to balance are described. These include nature versus nurture, feeling versus thinking, flexibility versus structure, empathy versus confrontation, authenticity versus boundary maintenance, and humility versus confidence. In addition, the challenge of balancing career and family life is highlighted with poignantly honest advice from professionals. Experts also share advice about finding good mentors, fostering collaborative professional relationships, treating clients respectfully, and identifying a specialization. The chapter ends with recommendations of books, podcasts, websites, and other content that can help to prepare the reader for a deeply meaningful and successful career as a mental health professional.

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