Clinical psychology Chapter 1: Introduction

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Clinical psychology

Clinical psychology

Chapter 1: Introduction

This field involves research, teaching, and service. It helps us understand and alleviate (make something less severe) maladjustment (failing to cope with the demands of normal social environment), disability and discomfort. It focuses on intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors across the life span, in varying cultures, and at all socioeconomic levels.

Mental health professions

Psychiatry rooted in the medical tradition and regards psychopathology as a mental “illness” that can be remedied with a medical treatment. It requires medical degree in addition to a residency in psychiatry.

Counseling psychology traditionally works with normal or maladjusted individuals. Historically focused on educational or career counseling. Currently represent a wide range of theoretical orientations and treat clients across the life span.

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