Are You Fascinated by Human Behavior and Relationships? Do you want to find out about the tremendous potential in clinical psychology to help individuals, groups,and society? This text provides you with an overview of this challenging field from an integrative biopsychosocial perspective. You’ll learn about the various activities, roles, and responsibilities of the contemporary clinical psychologist through actual case material. And you’ll gain a better understanding of the discipline through a detailed review of its history, scientific underpinnings, and theoretical orientations. Key features:
As more research evidence emerges concerning the interplay of biological, psychological, and social influences on behavior, contemporary clinical psychologists must incorporate new knowledge to develop better applications in their efforts to understand and help others. Biopsychosocial integration in many ways best reflects contemporary clinical psychology, expanding the range and usefulness of its efforts.
- An integrative, biopsychosocial perspective is emphasized throughout the text, reflecting the trend towards eclecticism by most practicing clinicians.
- The text is organized around specific questions regarding the field of clinical psychology.
- Each chapter contains a "Highlight" which features psychologists discussing careers in clinical psychology.
- A detailed list of key points and terms are included in each chapter to enhance understanding.
This book provides students an overview of contemporary clinical psychology from an integrative biopsychosocial perspective. The book highlights the various activities, roles, and responsibilities of the contemporary clinical psychologist as well as provides a foundation of the discipline through a detailed review of its history, scientific underpinnings, and theoretical orientations. An overview of contemporary issues in clinical psychology serves as a road map for those interested in pursuing clinical psychology as a career option.
About the Author
THOMAS G. PLANTE, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University and a licensed psychologist with a private practice. In addition, he is an adjunct clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.