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(p. 9) Why Should You Become a Mental Health Professional? 

(p. 9) Why Should You Become a Mental Health Professional?
(p. 9) Why Should You Become a Mental Health Professional?

Ann F. Garland

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date: 02 July 2022

This initial chapter introduces readers to the rewards and challenges of a mental health career and previews central themes of the book. Practicing professionals offer examples of what they have found most rewarding about their careers, as well as the biggest challenges. Topics discussed include the poignancy of sharing in clients’ joys and sorrows, inspiration drawn from clients’ resiliency, and opportunities for personal growth that come from training and practicing as a mental health professional. Career challenges such as disappointment when clients continue to struggle and the risk of burnout are also discussed. The chapter concludes by introducing a central theme of this book, illustrating how mental healthcare capitalizes on both the healing arts and innovative science. Exciting developments in the science of psychotherapy are previewed to inspire readers to expand their perspectives of how psychotherapy works and to envision their own role in this evolving field.

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