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Future and practicing clinical psychology

Adrian Andrzej Waszkiewicz, Artur Mariusz Nizio
Psychiatria 2014;11(1):29-33.

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Abstract

This article discusses current concerns for the professional practice of clinical psychology as well as recommendations
for its future. Clinical psychology faces extensive changes, that pose the questions about its place in today’s world as
well as the clinical psychologist’s competencies and skills. The contemporary trends in the clinical psychology suggest
the heightened role of the therapeutic assessment in addition to the psychometric assessment performed by the clinical
psychologist. Presently the clinical psychologists utilize both their theoretical knowledge and practical skills of psychotherapy
in their work with patients more than they did in the past. Despite these modifications the main responsibilities
of a clinical psychologist working in mental health care system have not changed radically. Neither has their struggle
with limited access to professional development due to inadequate financial compensation for their work. The article
proposes that the future of clinical psychology rests in the Research and Development Model that merges direct work
with patients and the development of science and research based practice. The article also draws attention to the role
that clinical psychologists have in the development of a definition of health, which is not restricted solely to the definition
of mental health and illness. Finally, the authors recognize the need for modification of training for the future clinical
psychologists with respect to the theoretical approach as well as extended practical preparation.

Abstract

This article discusses current concerns for the professional practice of clinical psychology as well as recommendations
for its future. Clinical psychology faces extensive changes, that pose the questions about its place in today’s world as
well as the clinical psychologist’s competencies and skills. The contemporary trends in the clinical psychology suggest
the heightened role of the therapeutic assessment in addition to the psychometric assessment performed by the clinical
psychologist. Presently the clinical psychologists utilize both their theoretical knowledge and practical skills of psychotherapy
in their work with patients more than they did in the past. Despite these modifications the main responsibilities
of a clinical psychologist working in mental health care system have not changed radically. Neither has their struggle
with limited access to professional development due to inadequate financial compensation for their work. The article
proposes that the future of clinical psychology rests in the Research and Development Model that merges direct work
with patients and the development of science and research based practice. The article also draws attention to the role
that clinical psychologists have in the development of a definition of health, which is not restricted solely to the definition
of mental health and illness. Finally, the authors recognize the need for modification of training for the future clinical
psychologists with respect to the theoretical approach as well as extended practical preparation.
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Keywords

clinical psychology, the practice of clinical psychology, future of clinical psychology, model R& D, scientist-practice model, clinical psychologist

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Title

Future and practicing clinical psychology

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 11, No 1 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

29-33

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2014;11(1):29-33.

Keywords

clinical psychology
the practice of clinical psychology
future of clinical psychology
model R&D
scientist-practice model
clinical psychologist

Authors

Adrian Andrzej Waszkiewicz
Artur Mariusz Nizio

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