​Journal: Reflections on Personal Challenges

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Journal: Reflections on Personal Challenges

As a future health psychology professional, you will likely work with diverse populations and face many challenging health behavior issues. Perhaps some specific health behavior issues, such as drinking water quality, child obesity, or domestic violence prevention may inspire your passion and could be the focus of a future career. There may be other health behavior issues that are challenging for you for various reasons. For this Journal assignment, reflect on your feelings about different populations and health behavior issues. Identify any challenges you personally might face when working with these populations or issues and how you might work toward becoming a more sensitive and competent professional.

The assignment: (2–3 pages)

  • Explain any challenges you personally might face when working with specific populations and/or specific health behavior issues. Reflect on and explain how your personal experiences, values, and culture influence your thoughts and actions. Explain future steps you can take to become a sensitive and competent health psychology professional.

Support your Journal Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

Final Answer



Psychological Encounters
Institutional Affiliation




Working as a psychology professional is a fulfilling job as I get to help clients facing
emotional and psychological problems to better deal with their issues. It is however challenging
as the different patients possess diverse health behavior aspects which are not healthy even for
me. A psychologist is prone to traumatization from engaging with clients going through
problems like sexual harassment, drug addiction and depression (Bach & Demuth, 2018).
Emotional attachment to work-related issues is the most significant problem I have to deal with
as people share some disturbing information during sessions which is not easy to handle. I once
engaged with a client dealing with depression from an abusive marriage and later on drug
addiction. She was affected by all these events to the point that she could not even understand
herself and had issues making social relations with other people. I started feeling for her to the
extent that I was worried about the same experiences happening in my life.
Some clients are also...

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