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(p. 67) Expanding the Possibilities: Populations, Settings, and Types of Work
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Ann F. Garland

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197544716.003.0006
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Many people have limited knowledge of the full range of career opportunities in the mental health field. This chapter expands on that knowledge by introducing a wide array of possibilities beyond familiar options such as private practice. The chapter describes a range of populations (e.g., children, adults, couples), work contexts (e.g., schools, clinics, media, business, technology, government), types of work (e.g., psychotherapy, assessment, consulting, research), and specialty areas (e.g., LGBTQ+, medical issues, foster care, bereavement, brain injury, substance abuse, military). Dozens of specific examples of real jobs which draw from each of these categories are listed for inspiration. To help readers clarify their own interests, a summary of the major benefits and challenges of working with each population group is provided. The goal of this chapter is to inspire the reader’s imagination about exciting career opportunities.

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