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Examination of Clinical Psychology
An examination of the history, definition and evolving nature of clinical psychology.
# 151608 | 1,334 words | 1 source | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jul 11, 2012 in Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper examines how, though a young branch, clinical psychology plays its role in the prevention, treatment, and curing of mental illness extremely effectively. Through the use of research, science, and experience, clinical psychologists continue to strive to lessen the impact of mental illness on the quality of life of their patients. The paper discusses the history and evolving nature of clinical psychology, explains the role of research and statistics in clinical psychology, and discusses the differences between clinical psychology and other mental health professions.

The History and Evolving Nature of Clinical Psychology
The Role of Research and Statistics in Clinical Psychology
The Differences between Clinical Psychology and Other Mental Health Professions

From the Paper:

"In the Renaissance, religious and spiritual views became less fearful and scientific inquiry became acceptable once again. During this period the scientific method, scientific observation, and experimentation prevailed. However, the focus was on the body, not the mind. At this point it was believed that the mind and body were separate, a theory of dualism presented by Descartes (Goodwin, 2008). The mind and soul were deemed the domain of philosophers and clergy, whereas the body was the domain of science (Goodwin, 2008). However, the idea of dualism was eventually subverted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when scientists found medical diseases that could be the cause of mental dysfunction and vice versa. A French physician named Charcot used hypnosis to treat people with conversion disorders, which further emphasized the idea that psychological factors could affect physical well-being (Plante, 2011)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Goodwin, C. J. (2008). A history of modern psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Plante, T. G. (2011). Contemporary clinical psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • United States Department of Labor. (2012). What social workers do. In Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved April 9, 2012, from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm#tab-2
  • Walker, K. (2002). An ethical dilemma: Clinical psychologists prescribing psychotropic medications. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 23(1), 17-29.

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