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Foundations of Professional Psychology

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

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.

Audience

Students and researchers in clinical and counseling psychology

Hardbound, 262 Pages

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


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

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