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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.

Changing Practice and Changing Roles
Changing practice and changing roles

In the previous chapter we outlined some of the roles that are currently available to clinical psychologists in Britain and noted recent developments in these clinical areas. In this chapter we will look more broadly at the emerging trends in clinical psychology and suggest ways in which our roles and practice may be expected to change in the near future. We will begin by considering how the scientist-practitioner model, the guiding principle of the profession since its inception, is evolving into that of the evidence-based practitioner. We will then discuss how the way in which many of us work is likely to change in response to three specific trends: (1) the growing trend to locate clinical ...

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