Contemporary Clinical Psychology, Third Edition
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A realistic and contemporary portrayal of the dynamic field of clinical psychology

Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the most current topics professionals will face in clinical practice, the Third Edition takes an integrative biopsychosocial approach throughout and features:

  • New coverage of innovations in psychotherapy and their implications for interventions, changing populations, and assessment

  • Up-to-date discussion of empirically supported treatments, technology-assisted treatments such as Web-based interventions, and new cognitive behavior treatments such as ACT

  • Insights into prevention, ethics, evidence-based treatments, and confidentiality laws and regulations including HIPAA

  • Case studies detailing the theoretical conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of clients

  • Chapter-ending Big Picture synopses and lists of key points and terms, as well as unique Real Students, Real Questions sections featuring actual questions asked by clinical psychology students

  • Firsthand career advice from a diverse group of mental health professionals

  • Current and future trends, plus a step-by-step road map that covers all aspects of becoming a clinical psychologist

This broad-spectrum overview of the art and science of clinical psychology explores many different perspectives in many different settings. Author Thomas Plante draws from his own experience as a practicing clinician and college professor to reveal how science and application function together in the day-to-day practice of psychology.


THOMAS G. PLANTE, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, has written or edited twelve books and has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He maintains a private clinical practice as a licensed psychologist in Menlo Park, CA.


Preface to the Third Edition.

About the Author.

PART ONE Foundations and Fundamentals.

Chapter 1 What Is Contemporary Clinical Psychology?

Chapter 2 Foundations and Early History of Clinical Psychology.

Chapter 3 Recent History of Clinical Psychology.

Chapter 4 Research: Design and Outcome.

Chapter 5 The Major Theoretical Models: Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic, and Family Systems.

Chapter 6 Integrative and Biopsychosocial Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Psychology.

PART TWO Roles and Responsibilities.

Chapter 7 Contemporary Psychological Assessment I: Interviewing and Observing Behavior.

Chapter 8 Contemporary Psychological Assessment II: Cognitive and Personality Assessment.

Chapter 9 Psychotherapeutic Interventions.

Chapter 10 Psychotherapeutic Issues.

Chapter 11 Areas of Specialization.

Chapter 12 Consultative, Teaching, and Administrative Roles.

Chapter 13 Ethical Standards.

PART THREE Where Is Clinical Psychology Going and Should I Go with It?

Chapter 14 Current and Future Trends and Challenges.

Chapter 15 Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: A Road Map.


Appendix: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 2002.


Author Index.

Subject Index.