An Invitation to Clinical Controversies

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 172–173. Reviews the book, Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3rd ed.) by Michael T. Nietzel, Douglas A. Bernstein, and Richard Milich (1991). This text is intended for an undergraduate introduction to clinical psychology, which can be a vital step in a psychology major's search for a career. The majority of students who major in psychology are seeking one or both of two personal goals, to know and understand themselves and to gain the knowledge and skills to soothe and repair the wounds in their families and other relationships. With these goals in mind, those who have intentions of learning and doing psychotherapy will approach this course as the best place in the undergraduate curriculum to find out if therapy is what they want to do. This book answers their need by describing clinical psychotherapy, along with teaching, assessment, and research, and by mapping the path to becoming a clinical psychologist. The book is very inviting throughout, inviting controversy, inviting thinking about theoretical and clinical decisions, and inviting the reader to participate in the many different professional roles of a clinical psychologist. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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