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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:40am - 9:00am
A Look Inside: Examining The Perspectives Of Mental Health Professionals

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Mental health and the study of mental illness continues to be of vital importance in today’s society, as many people struggle with mental health that affects their daily lives. While previous studies investigating mental illness have focused primarily on the individuals who struggle with mental illness, less is known about the experiences of direct care professionals who aid clients in their therapeutic journey. This study specifically examines the perspectives of staff working with teens in a residential treatment facility in Western North Carolina. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten direct care staff in the fall of 2016. Preliminary analyses reveal both challenging and fulfilling aspects of the work, as well as varied effects on the personal lives of direct care professionals.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:00am
237 Zageir Hall

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