Clinical Psychology: Career Paths & Entrepreneurship
Mental health is becoming more and more relevant, especially after the onset of COVID-19. Many people faced mental health challenges that ranged from minor to severe and realized that they needed to seek guidance from an expert.
When it comes to working in the field of psychology, psychiatry, therapy or hypnotherapy it can be hard to determine what career you would be the best fit for. Today, MedTech is also changing the way professionals carry out their work, and even what services are available.
Dr. Naif Al Mutawa is a MedTech Entrepreneur and Clinical Psychologist. His educational background gave him the skills to assist his patients with a variety of issues, help them work through challenges, and become better equipped to navigate the ups and downs of life.
During this session he will reveal:
✅ The challenges of working with patients at that level
✅ How he became a successful entrepreneur in the field
✅ How technology impacts available services, training and career paths
✅ What are the best training programs, certifications and networks to join
✅ How to enter into the field of psychology
✅ How the industry is changing and why it’s more powerful than ever
?This is a LIVE session which means you’ll have the unique chance to ask questions related to your personal experiences.
About Dr. Naif Al Mutawa:
Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist who is the founder of The Soor Center for Professional Therapy and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). As a clinical hypnotherapist, he underwent training at the New York Milton H. Ericsson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis (NYSEPH), and has been certified by and is a member of both the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists. He is an approved Albert Ellis Institute Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Supervisor. He is a sex therapist certified by AASECT. An Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Naif is a member of the academic staff at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he has been teaching clinical psychology, communication skills creative writing, and cognitive behavioral therapy since 2005. He is also the Chief Psychotherapy Training Supervisor at the Kuwait Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. Naif has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. He was awarded a second doctorate (an honorary one) by Long Island University in May 2019. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He holds a certification in conflict resolution from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.
Dr. Naif has extensive clinical experience working with former prisoners of war in Kuwait and the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first-hand the cancer that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the horrors of people tortured because of their religious and political beliefs, led to his writing a timeless children’s tale that won a UNESCO Prize for Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe, and President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.
A highly acclaimed keynote speaker in topics ranging from mental health to entrepreneurship, Dr. Naif conducts regular workshops in creative problem solving, attention management, stress management, conflict resolution, and anger management and has been sought after by private companies and governments alike to train their employees. He is on the investment committee of Kuwait’s National Fund for Small and Medium Sized Businesses, a fund of $7 billion dollars is earmarked to promote entrepreneurship in Kuwait, and a member of the Kuwait Supreme Education Council. He is a former board member of Future Kids, a publicly listed company on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, and Al-Jazeera Entertainment.
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What is your insight on the idea that being a psychologist in the Middle East isn’t a promising path due to the lack of awareness and validation of mental health and the power of psychotherapy?
Global mental health is a growing concept as rates of depression, anxiety, suicide skyrocket around the world. How should we seek to address mental illness on a global scale? Can you please comment on the state of 'global mental health' - first of all, when we speak of such a concept, how are we defining it? Second of all, is it possible to strike a balance between a public health approach to mental health (grounded in (Western) evidence-based practices) and a culturally-based approach (grounded in local priorities, traditions and community-based resources and solutions)? Thank you.
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