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Chapter 7. Rallying Support from the Pro... > Career Development Professionals - Pg. 68

Rallying Support from the Pros 68 · Social workers:Social workers who offer psychotherapy usually have the M.S.W. degree (Mas- ter of Social Work) with an emphasis on clinical work (that is, counseling and therapy) or a C.S.W. (Clinical Social Work) degree. Some may go beyond master's level to earn a doctoral degree in social work, but a doctorate is not a necessary qualification for performing psychotherapy. As with professional counselors, clinical social workers tend to work primarily with people who have basic problems with daily life rather than serious mental disorders. · Certified mental health nurses:These nurses receive training and certification in mental health in addition to general medical education and training. They are often qualified to offer some of the same psychotherapeutic services as other counselors or psychologists and are most likely to work in clinics, hospitals, or social service agencies rather than in private practice. · Certified pastoral counselors:These professionals are members of the clergy who have re- ceived special training in counseling or are laypersons who have had in-depth religious or theo- logical training. · Psychiatrists:Psychiatrists are medical doctors, meaning they have earned an M.D. degree. They have the same general medical education as other physicians, plus specialized training in mental illness and mental disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medication to help alter your moods or behavior as well as to perform psychotherapy. A common stereotype of psychiatrists is that they are more likely to hand you a jar of pills than to talk you through your problems. This image of psychiatrists results from the fact that their training tends to focus on working with patients with serious mental disturbances and on a med- ical treatment model for dealing with those problems. So even for patients with less serious problems, psychiatrists might tend to reach for the prescription pad too readily. There are plenty of exceptions to this stereotype, however, and some psychiatrists are well qualified to talk to you, not just medicate you.