I went to several conferences recently and organized a workshop for sufferers of OCD. That all helped me regain my vision. Seeing people in a large group who were still suffering from OCD reminded me of the impact targeted therapy can have for this population. Perhaps those attending don't know it, but they were helpful to me in ways they probably cannot imagine: they restored my vision.
Then I went to an awesome training for behavior treatment of Tourettes and tic disorders. That might not sound exciting...until you think about the impact that these disorders can have on a person, especially when they get worse at the very worst time of life: early adolescence. Getting scientifically based treatment methods to help manage these symptoms (notice I did not say "cure"!) gave ME an extra reason to be a psychologist. Until recently, the only treatments available were medications, and while these are sometimes effective (and I am not speaking against medication!), they do usually have side effects, and these can be very troubling. So, yes, it was worth the trip to Canada for this training if I can help some people get back in control of their movements and vocalizations and yes, their lives. Makes being a psychologist much more meaningful. Yeah!