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A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology gives an accessible overview of the field for psychology students and anyone considering training as a clinical psychologist. Setting out the theoretical and practical dimensions of clinical psychology, the authors examine its origins, knowledge base and applications with different client groups, in different contexts and through different modalities (individuals, groups, couples, families and organizations). They also highlight issues affecting everyday practice - from professional relationships to government policy. Drawing on the first-hand experiences of people who have recently qualified, the book describes the process of training and the transition that takes place from trainee to practitioner. Throughout, the book captures a sense of clinical psychology as a dynamic and changing field which has grown up fast alongside other more established professions involved in mental health care and which is continuing to evolve in response to contemporary needs. As an overview of the field, A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology is an ideal text for undergraduate and post-graduate students in psychology and as initial reading for clinical psychology courses.

The Knowledge Base of Clinical Psychology
The knowledge base of clinical psychology

In the previous chapter we traced the evolution of British psychology and argued that the knowledge base of the discipline has always been contested. Like other branches of the social sciences, such as anthropology and sociology, psychology embraces a wide range of theoretical and methodological positions. However, as we have already shown, the dominant orthodoxy in British psychology is positivist and empiricist. When we begin to consider the knowledge base of clinical psychology in Britain, the issues become yet more complex. We are confronted with the differing agendas of the clinicians and their academic colleagues, boundary disputes between clinical psychology and other mental health professions (particularly psychiatry), and attempts by the profession to market ...

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