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.
Chapter 4: Careers in Clinical Psychology
Careers in Clinical Psychology
In this chapter we will describe the different applications of clinical psychology and the diverse settings in which clinical psychologists work. A number of our colleagues have contributed to this chapter, to enable us to provide accounts of clinical specialities written by individuals working in those fields. We will also consider the many roles that members of the profession occupy in addition to their clinical role, including those of clinical supervisor, teacher/trainer, researcher, consultant, and manager.
We will begin by providing an overview of the roles available to clinical psychologists, before proceeding to describe the different fields of clinical work in more detail.
What Do We Do and Where Do We Work?
One of the undoubted attractions of clinical psychology is ...