Licensed clinical practitioners have an especially important designation in the treatment of individuals. They are given the role of identifying diagnostically significant pathology from the most troublesome end of the spectrum to the least severe end. What they are looking for is abnormal behavior. They have been given this difficult task and constantly must monitor signs and symptoms during each meeting with the client. These things are important and especially useful to help track progress and plan for the clients future.
In addition to identification and constant monitoring of a clients progress a practitioner must avoid compassion fatigue. They must avoid vicarious trauma, identification with the problem, and experiencing high levels of stress due to the nature of the job.
When walking down the street a practitioner must not only learn hear and identify the cries of a mother bird who lost her young, but they must also learn to hear and identify that mother birds joyous songs. These tasks in themselves can be especially difficult, but with practice and repeatedly controlling your cognitive processing of events you can learn to both attend to problems and also attend to the joy in a person's life. It is important that strong leadership help to provide the opportunity for those in the field to recognize not only a clients weaknesses but also their strengths.