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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Dean McKay

ISBN: 978-1-405-17072-7

Sep 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

640 pages

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Clinical Psychology: Scientific and Cultural Foundations will address the major areas associated with clinical psychology. This texts integrates perspectives from multiple cultures in every chapter. Clinical Psychology: Scientific and Cultural Foundations is designed to expose students to the breadth of areas associated with clinical psychology, and to provide a window into the wide diversity of professional activities of clinical psychologists.

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Preface and Acknowledgements.

Part I: The Core of Clinical Psychology .

Chapter 1: Contemporary Clinical Psychology.

Definition of clinical psychology.

Professional activities of Clinical Psychologists.

Contrast of Clinical Psychology with other mental health professionals.

Brief History of Clinical Psychology.

Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Clinical Psychology.

Psychodynamic Theory.

Phenomenological Theory.

Humanistic-Existential Theory.

Cognitive-Behavioral Theory.

Chapter 3: Conducting Research in Clinical Psychology.

Deciding on the research matter.

Distinguishing clinical research from abnormal psychology research.

Major variables in research.

Experimental Designs.

Internal and External Validity.

Statistical Conclusion and Construct Validity.

Types of investigations in clinical researchPart II: Assessment.

Chapter 4: Intellectual Assessment.

Definitions of intelligence.

Brief history of intellectual testing.

Implications of intelligence testing.

Major Intellectual Assessment Instruments.

Problems in Intellectual Assessment.

Chapter 5: Objective Personality Assessment.

Role of personality testing in clinical psychology.

Advantages and disadvantages.

Constructing objective personality assessment instruments.

Major Objective Personality Measures.


Chapter 6: Projective Personality Assessment.

The projective hypothesis of personality.

Advantages and disadvantages of projective testing.

Controversies in projective testing.

Major instruments.


Chapter 7: Behavioral and Psychophysiological Assessment .

Functional analysis of behavior.

Determining antecedent and consequences.

Behavioral Observations and behavior avoidance tests.

Psychophysiological assessments.

Part III: Intervention.

Chapter 8: General Considerations and Empirically Supported Interventions.

The advent of empirically supported treatments and a short history.

What constitutes an empirically supported treatment.

Transitions from controlled trial to real-world applications.

Interrelations between psychological interventions and psychopharmacology.

Chapter 9: Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Controversies in psychodynamic therapy.

Contemporary psychodynamic therapy and what constitutes empirical support.

Contrasting classic methods of analysis with modern approaches.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Therapist and client interactions.

Chapter 10: Phenomenological and Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy.

Theoretical concepts and applications.

Process in therapy.

Gestalt Therapy.

Existential approaches.

Chapter 11: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Major theoretical considerations in the history of CBT.

Classical conditioning methods.

Operant conditioning methods.

Cognitive Therapy.

Part IV: Specialized Settings and Populations.

Chapter 12: Hospital and Inpatient Psychological Practice.

The role of psychologists in Hospital settings.

Client management and treatment planning.

Supervision, milieu, and group treatment.

Administrative roles.

Chapter 13: Health & Behavioral Medicine.

Definitions of health psychology.

Biopsychosocial models of mental and physical health.

Genetic and environmental influences.

Pain management methods.

Treatments for Insomnia.

Interventions for chronic illness.

Chapter 14: Neuropsychology.

Brain function and localization.

Chapter 15: Forensic.

Defining the roles of Forensic Psychologists.

Professional activities of Forensic Psychologists.

Chapter 16: Child/Family Psychology.

Developmental Issues in Treatment.

Assessment and consultation.



Appendix I: Ethical Guidelines of the American Psychological Association for Clinical Psychology.

Appendix II: Applying to Graduate School in Clinical Psychology