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Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook

Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-1433803789

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ISBN13: 978-1433803789
ISBN10: 143380378X
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 09
Publisher: American Psychological Association - APA
Published: 2009
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Clinical Health Psychology in Medical Settings: A Practitioner's Guidebook - 2ND 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-1433803789

Cynthia D. Belar

ISBN13: 978-1433803789
ISBN10: 143380378X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 09
Publisher: American Psychological Association - APA

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

This book is an introduction to clinical health psychology, covering its history, scope, and professional practice standards. It describes education and training requirements, roles and functions of the psychologist, and ethical and legal considerations. The authors are highly credible. Dr. Belar, in particular, has been a leader in the development of health psychology as a specialty area. The authors aim to provide an overview of the issues and challenge of psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation with medical patients. Its scope is broad in describing the content of health psychology. It attempts to capture the complexities of psychological service delivery in a multidisciplinary and rapidly changing health care environment. The target audience includes advanced graduate students and interns in clinical psychology and practicing clinical psychologists who want to expand their understanding of health psychology. The authors suggest that it may be useful for other mental health professionals who have an interest in work with medical or surgical patients. Tables and exhibits supplement the text. All are clear and well organized. In addition to literature cited, the authors have included reference lists in each chapter that direct the reader to key sources. References are current and pertinent, but some important works are omitted. Appendixes include resources important to the practitioner new to the area, e.g., professional organizations, journals. The authors use case examples to illustrate their discussion. The guidebook is an outstanding reference for students, interns, and new professionals in health psychology. It provides an insightful consideration of psychologicalservice delivery to medical and surgical patients. Its discussion of consultation to medical and surgical physicians is very good. This second edition is important, given rapid change in health service delivery over the ten years since the first edition.

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