Think about your own life struggles and how they may hinder treatment with new clients
Before you can become a proficient mental health provider, you need to gain the correct education and experience. However, there are many individuals that are attracted to the field due to their own difficulties. This is not an exclusionary trait but rather can help the future clinician build rapport and connect with patients. Think about your own life struggles and how they may hinder treatment with new clients? How might they help you connect to clients? What work do you think needs to be done to ensure you are the best you when interacting with clients? Read the two articles below to help inform your answer.
1. Delphin, M. E., & Rowe, M. (2008). Continuing education in cultural competence for community mental health practitioners. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39(2), 182–191. https://doi.org/10.1037/0735-7028.39.2.182
2. Simpson, A., & Armstrong, S. (2009). FROM THE MILITARY TO THE CIVILIAN WORK FORCE: Addressing Veteran Career Development Concerns. Career Planning & Adult Development Journal, 25(1), 177–187
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