Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Are Employment Counsellors Bound to Have Low Status?

Read Vaughn at Mind Hacks about Disease Rankings first, eh.

He says, “It’s interesting that doctors who specialise in working with people who have the least status in society (children, the ‘mad’, the ‘old’) also have the least status in medicine.”

By some kind of analogy does it seem so unlikely that those of us who work primarily with the less advantaged people of society—even when this disadvantage is temporary as it is for unemployment—should accordingly be accorded lower status? Alack, and alas, it could be true.

Perhaps this also goes toward explaining why much less emphasis is placed on dealing with the enormous human costs of adverse emotional and mental health in our society too.