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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.

Internal and External Relationships
Internal and external relationships

This final chapter will take stock of British clinical psychology by examining both its internal and external relationships. The first of these refers to the inner workings of the profession – to what extent is the profession divided philosophically and segmented organisationally? Or, taking the inverse of these questions, to what extent, as a group of health care workers, is the profession coherent and cohesive? The second set of relationships is about the interface of the profession with colleagues in other professions, the NHS and the State. In other words, what is the character of the boundary between the profession and the wider social system that situates, shapes and constrains its activity? Because this chapter pulls threads in ...

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