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Foundations of Professional Psychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123850799, 9780123850805

Foundations of Professional Psychology

1st Edition

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

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Author: Timothy Melchert
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123850799
eBook ISBN: 9780123850805
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th July 2011
Page Count: 262
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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.

Key Features

  • Presents a unified science-based conceptual framework for professional psychology
  • Provides an overview of the whole treatment process as informed by a biopsychosocial approach, from intake through outcomes assessment
  • Avoids highly technical language so that students and practitioners from across the field can follow the discussion


Students and researchers in clinical and counseling psychology

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I. Introduction
    • 1. The Need for a Unified Conceptual Framework in Professional Psychology
  • Part II. Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Professional Psychology
    • 2. Professional Psychology as a Health Care Profession
    • 3. The Public We Serve
    • 4. Understanding and Resolving Theoretical Confusion in Professional Psychology
    • 5. The Biopsychosocial Approach
    • 6. Ethical Foundations of Professional Psychology
    • 7. A Unified Conceptual Framework for Professional Psychology
  • Part III. Conceptualizing Psychological Treatment from a Biopsychosocial Perspective
    • 8. Assessment
    • 9. Treatment Planning
    • 10. Treatment
    • 11. Outcomes Assessment
  • Part IV. Additional Implications for Professional Psychology
    • 12. Prevention and Public Health Perspective on Behavioral Health
    • 13. Conclusions and Implications for Professional Psychology Education, Practice, and Research
  • References


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12th July 2011
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About the Author

Timothy Melchert

Timothy Melchert’s research focuses on the theoretical and scientific frameworks used to guide education and practice in behavioural healthcare. He utilizes a science-based biopsychosocial framework to resolve much of the theoretical confusion and professional conflicts that have long plagued the field of professional psychology. He is the author of Foundations of Professional Psychology, First Edition (Academic Press) and Biopsychosocial Practice: A Science-Based Framework for Behavioral Health Care (APA Press).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA


"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

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