Foundations of Professional Psychology

The End of Theoretical Orientations and the Emergence of the Biopsychosocial Approach

By

  • Timothy Melchert, Marquette University Milwaukee, WI, USA

Recent advances in the scientific understanding of the human mind and brain along with the emphases on evidence-based practice and competency-based education are creating increasing pressures to update some of the traditional approaches to structuring and organizing education and practice in the field. There have also been many calls in recent years for a unified approach to conceptualizing professional practice in psychology. This book examines whether there exists a unified conceptual framework for the field that is firmly based on current scientific understanding regarding human development and functioning, that applies across all the clinical populations and practice areas within the field, and that would also help integrate professional psychology more fully into health care and the sciences generally.
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Audience

Students and researchers in clinical and counseling psychology

 

Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385079-9

Reviews

"Melchert's book is a valuable resource for graduate students and their faculty to understand how professional psychology is transforming into a health profession, while maintaining its unique psychological identity. I highly recommend it."

Dr. James Bray

Past President American Psychological Association

Editor, Primary Care Psychology and Handbook of Family Psychology




Table of Contents

Preface

PART I. INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. The Need for a Unified Conceptual Framework in Professional Psychology

PART II. CONCEPTUAL AND THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Chapter 2. Professional Psychology as a Health Care Profession

Chapter 3. The Public We Serve: Their Mental Health Needs and Sociocultural and Medical Circumstances

Chapter 4. Resolving Conceptual and Theoretical Confusion in Professional Psychology

Chapter 5. The Biopsychosocial Approach: General Systems, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, and Complexity Theory

Chapter 6. Ethical Foundations of Professional Practice

Chapter 7. A Unified Theoretical Framework

PART III. CONCEPTUALIZING PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT FROM A BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL PERSPECTIVE

Chapter 8. Assessment

Chapter 9. Treatment Planning

Chapter 10. Treatment

Chapter 11. Outcomes Assessment

PART IV. ADDITIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Chapter 12. Prevention and Public Health Perspective on Mental Health

Chapter 13. Implications for Professional Psychology Education and Practice

References