Client mental health improves as a result of career development. Practitioners can reliably bolster client mental health if they are aware of and intentional about the wide-ranging effects of career development and their associated mental health benefits. These benefits can be achieved with the competencies career development practitioners already possess and typically within their current roles.
Further, when practitioners become aware of the role of stress pervading virtually all career interventions, they are better able to assist clients to control their stress in ways typically neglected by the mental health movement. The current focus on mental health and stress reduction is dominated by strategies for managing the effects of stress through activities such as exercise, meditation, and healthy eating. These activities are certainly worthwhile, but they miss what is almost a daily part of career development practice: learning skills that will help deal with the demands resulting in stress rather than only the effects of stress.
With a slight shift in career development practice, practitioners can take what they already do and help clients mitigate potentially negative consequences of stress while also encouraging the client to develop long-term coping skills.
The specific objectives of the webinar are to:
• Clarify the relationships between mental illness, mental health, and career development
• Identify five sets of career development outcomes or effects and how they contribute to mental health
• Explain a model of stress control in which career development intervention is a pivotal aid to addressing short-term and long-term stress
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