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Figure 7.1 Group therapy can occur in a variety of settings. (credit: “Men Sitting Talking by River Outdoors” by JourneyPure Rehab/flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Imagine building a house. One person would not do everything, right? It would take a team of professionals—architects, builders, electricians, plumbers—to ensure that each part is done correctly and efficiently. Mental health care is the same way. Each health-care professional involved in a client’s care brings their own unique skills and knowledge to the team.

What is interprofessional care? It’s when health-care professionals from different fields work together as a team to provide the best possible care for a client. This can include doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and many others. Interprofessional care is important because mental health challenges are complex and multifaceted and require a variety of perspectives and expertise to address. It isn’t just about having a bunch of people in the same room. Interprofessional care requires effective communication, collaboration, and respect for each other’s expertise. By working together, health-care professionals can provide a more holistic and comprehensive approach to mental health care, leading to more personalized care and better outcomes for their clients.


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