Dialogues on Work and Psychiatry, Episode 1: The Importance of Contributions

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“The mentality that animates workers who see their work as a calling is strikingly simple: They believe their work is contributing to the construction of a world within which they would like to live.”

Much of being able to find a path to health—especially mental health—is finding work that helps you to make contributions. So, what can psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians do to further foster this notion in their patients?

Dr Morrison is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago School of Medicine, and past president of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)–Committee on Work & Organizations; Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP); Tomkins Institute of Applied Studies of Motivation, Emotion and Cognition. He is a co-author of A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics and Psychiatry of Workplace Dysfunction, and a regular contributor to the B4G™ blog, bringingfreudtofraud.com.

Dr Brown is a department psychiatrist at the Boston Police Department and immediate past president of the Academy of Organizational & Occupational Psychiatry. He is a co-author of Psychiatry of Workplace Dysfunction.