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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.

Clinical Psychology Training
Clinical psychology training

In this chapter we will describe how one becomes a clinical psychologist in Britain. The chapter is divided into three: the first section provides an account of the experience of training from the trainees' perspective; the second section covers current training arrangements; and the third section outlines recent proposals for expanding training provision. The first section, describing the experience of assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists during the mid-1990s, will highlight some of the problems in the training system that are now being addressed through these proposed changes.

At present, the usual route to becoming a clinical psychologist in Britain has three stages: completion of an undergraduate psychology degree; a period of ‘relevant’ work experience after graduation; and, finally, completion of ...

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