Building Connection as a part of Professional Growth
Networking and marketing are two of the most important aspects of being a mental health professional, but they are also some of the least talked about. This is because people often find these topics to be uncomfortable or challenging. Networking is an essential part of building a career in mental health care because it can lead to new opportunities that may not have been available if you weren't proactive about reaching out. Networking with other professionals in the industry has many benefits: You can learn from them while they gain insight into your skillset; you might even be able to collaborate on projects down the road or refer clients between each other's practices. Building connections with people outside of your profession is also important because there are bound to be times where you need assistance from someone who has expertise or knowledge outside of your own.
Networking and marketing are important aspects of the profession for mental health professionals. As a result, many feel like they don't have enough time to do them both effectively or that their efforts aren't making an impact. Luckily, there are some things you can do in order to boost your network and make it more visible online so people will know about what you offer. These include updating your LinkedIn profile, visiting relevant websites such as Psychology Today or TherapyDen, contacting content writers who post articles related to psychology on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter with suggested topics for future posts, joining discussion groups on these sites where conversations often happen surrounding psychological issues at large, contributing valuable information when appropriate (don’t over-market), finding opportunities outside of work, etc.
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