Career Counselling Considerations for Individuals With Mental Disorders


  • Alyssa Cappon Trinity Western University
  • Deepak Mathew Trinity Western University



mental disorders, employment barriers, employment skills, counselling interventions, career theories


Individuals who have experienced mental disorders face significant career barriers that are not related to their capabilities nor their desire to participate in the workforce. Their unique skills and strengths often go unrecognized. This creates a situation where a population with immense potential and valuable perspective is often overlooked or deemed unemployable. By neglecting to tap into their talents, society not only perpetuates a cycle of stigma and discrimination but also misses out on the opportunity to benefit from their diverse contributions. Through recognizing and drawing out strengths, career counsellors can play a vital role in transforming the narrative surrounding these individuals and fostering a more inclusive and equitable employment environment. It is essential to address the dual challenge of reducing employment barriers while highlighting the invaluable qualities and qualifications that make this population uniquely qualified for various careers. This article discusses key career barriers and career strengths that individuals who have experienced a mental disorder face and presents relevant career counselling considerations aimed at assisting clients in navigating these unique challenges and capitalizing on their unique strengths.


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Cappon, A., & Mathew, D. (2024). Career Counselling Considerations for Individuals With Mental Disorders. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 23(1), 132–145.



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