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Approaches to Clinical Psychology
An overview of different methods available in the field of clinical psychology.
# 147342 | 2,580 words | 13 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 23, 2011 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper provides an explanation of the various different methods and approaches of clinical psychology, highlighting the four main areas of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and family systems that each offer distinct goals. After providing these explanations the paper concludes that although psychologists may combine concepts from more than one approach, each approach represents a distinct view of the fundamental issues in psychology.

The Philosophical Origins
Psychodynamic Perspective
Behavioral-Cognitive Theory
Humanistic Approach
Family Systems
Psychodynamic Perspective
Family Systems
Techniques and Strategies
Psychodynamic Approach
Cognitive-Behavioral Approach
Humanistic Approach
Family Systems Approach
The Affect on Treatment Strategies
Family Systems
The Effectiveness of Each Approach

From the Paper:

''Clinical psychology is an integrative field that focuses on the assessment of mental illness, psychological problems, and abnormal behavior. This branch of psychology addresses complex human problems and originated from the science of psychology, and early century philosophy. The study of the mind has intrigued psychologists for hundreds of years. The fascination with mind and body has been compelling and challenging to scientists and researchers in the scientific study of psychology. Over the course of history research inspired numerous psychological perspectives and theories concerning human thought, cognition, and behavior. Clinical psychology eventually evolved and became an independent field different from other types of psychology. Today clinical psychology is defined in four major approaches; psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and family systems that offer distinct goals, techniques, and strategies integrating science, theory, and clinical knowledge. The philosophical origins of each approach are instrumental in the development of contemporary clinical psychology.''

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