Introduction to Clinical Psychology - Pop Psychology Series

Introduction to Clinical Psychology - Pop Psychology Series
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What is clinical psychology? What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist, or between psychology, neuropsychology, and psychotherapy? Is cognitive behavioral therapy this type of counseling? What do behavioral psychology, sports psychology, and industrial organizational psychology have in common? Who are child psychologists and what do they do?

This book contains information on every major aspect of clinical psychology, from its beginnings to the way that it has evolved over the years. It discusses career options for future clinical psychologists, and also goes over other, similar careers in the psychiatric field. It discusses modern clinical psychology, and how the profession continues to grow and change:

•The History of Clinical Psychology
•Modern Clinical Psychology
•Becoming a Clinical Psychologist
•Classification and Diagnosis
Modern clinical psychology blends basic psychology, scientific research, and clinical medical practices. Because of this, it allows us to understand disorders we would not have been able to otherwise understand, and it allows us to develop better treatment options for existing conditions.

One of the major things that clinical psychologists study are existing disorders. They study patients who have these disorders, and try to determine what they have in common. They may look for early signs of a disorder, and may look to see if there are certain things that can cause this disorder to develop.

There are several different models of dimensional classification for the psychological disorders, including two-dimensional models, the big five model, and even seven-factor models – what are they? This book will help you to understand these models and see the principal differences between them.

One of the more important parts of a psychologist's work is to determine risk factors so that people can be aided or treated before something becomes a problem. For example, researchers now know many of the things that put a person at risk of depression. Because of this, someone can get the help they need before they become severely depressed. Clinical psychologists who use psychoanalysis often focus on things like defence mechanisms and traumas that may be effecting a person in ways they're not aware of. One of the benefits of being a clinical psychologist is that even if a person doesn't work in the field of clinical psychology, they can benefit tremendously from studying its practices.

Among the popular clinical psychology specialities are Cognitive Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy, what are the differences between the two?

Cognitive therapy is a type of therapy that helps people to learn more about their dysfunctional way of thinking. The job of a psychologist is to help the patient to become more aware of issues in the way they emote, behave, and think, and to guide them in correcting these issues.

Somatic psychotherapy focuses on the connection between the mind and the body in a conversational setting. While many types of body therapy focus primarily on physical health, this type of therapy focuses on mental health. It uses bodily awareness in order to help people deal with a number of problems. For example, a somatic psychotherapy session may discuss a person's posture, and how that effects the way people perceive that person.

With psychology degrees being highly sought after, it's likely that the field of clinical psychology will only continue to grow. New research is continuously conducted, and treatment methods are consistently improving. Today's clinical psychologists are able to do things early psychologists never would have dreamed of. This book should serve as an entry point into the world of clinical psychology. From this point on, readers should continue to study the information that interests them, and read more about various fields of clinical psychology.

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