Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology
Science, Practice, and Culture, Third Edition: DSM-5 Update

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© 2014 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering the most accurate and current coverage of the clinical psychology field, along with fully integrated coverage of the new DSM-5, this Third Edition Update explores clinical assessment, psychotherapy, ethical and professional issues, current controversies, and specialized topics. Up-to-date references, including many from DSM-5 in 2012 and 2013, are also featured.\

Through the creative use of metaphor, the author connects new concepts with concepts students already know, making this an accessible text for all readers. In addition, the book provides balanced coverage of multiple clinical perspectives, a wide variety of clinical examples, and a unique focus on ethics and cultural diversity.
Part I: Introducing Clinical Psychology
Chapter 1. Clinical Psychology: Definition and Training
Chapter 2. Evolution of Clinical Psychology
Chapter 3. Current Controversies in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 4. Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 5. Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 6. Conducting Research in Clinical Psychology
Part II: Assessment
Chapter 7. Diagnosis and Classification Issues: DSM-5 and More
Chapter 8. The Clinical Interview
Chapter 9. Intellectual and Neuropsychological Assessment
Chapter 10. Personality Assessment and Behavioral Assessment
Part III: Psychotherapy
Chapter 11. General Issues in Psychotherapy
Chapter 12. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Chapter 13. Humanistic Psychotherapy
Chapter 14. Behavioral Psychotherapy
Chapter 15. Cognitive Psychotherapy
Chapter 16. Group and Family Therapy
Part IV: Special Topics
Chapter 17. Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Chapter 18. Health Psychology
Chapter 19. Forensic Psychology

“I love this book by Dr. Andrew Pomerantz.…He presents alternative perspectives on many issues and by doing so helps readers learn from the dialectic or tension between these perspectives. This text is a great foundation for students who are interested in developing their identities as clinical psychologists.”

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
University of Montana

More directed to Psychology students. However it is an excellent book to allow students to understand the differences between the main areas of Psychology, different assessment methods and as well the diverse contributions of different types of Psychotherapy that could be used in clinical practice.

Dr Florbela Soares Teixeira
Education , Coventry University
June 2, 2016

Familiar with previous editions

Competition books reviewed were not as complete or student friendly

Very good coverage for a Summer course

Up to date DSM-5 information

Dr Eric Seemann
Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville
May 31, 2015

Good background coverage of therapies and the history and development of the practice - it offers a broad overview in many areas; good use of 'real life' stories and links well to many areas of psychology - also easy to navigate

Mr Geoffrey Atkinson
Health & Social Care, Doncaster College
May 7, 2015

Comprehensive resource

Miss Myriam Clancy
Social & General Studies Department, Cork Institute of Technology
March 26, 2015
Key features


  • Integrated coverage of disorders new to the DSM-5, some of which may apply to large numbers of previously undiagnosable people, including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Mild Neurocognitive Disorder, and Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • The latest information on adjusted DSM-5 criteria for existing disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder encompassing autism and Asperger disorder, revision of the bereavement exclusion criteria for major depressive episodes, and more inclusive criteria for bulimia nervosa and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Coverage of how the DSM-5 was created, including steps in the revision process; controversies that arose during the process; criticisms by prominent authors about the process; forces that may have influenced the process; possible consequences of DSM-5, including continued broadening of the scope of mental illness, treatment issues (e.g., insurance coverage, psychotherapy, drug treatment); and other implications (e.g., legal issues, disability claims).
  • A new design that brings concepts to life


  • Affordable. This contemporary, comprehensive text is offered at a student-friendly price.
  • State-of-the-art research. With hundreds of new references, this edition covers recent, prominent developments in psychotherapy and clinical assessment, as well as current controversies in the field.
  • Comprehensive coverage. A full chapter is devoted to each major approach to psychotherapy. Within each chapter multiple forms are described in detail.
  • A focus on cultural diversity. A full chapter on Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology, Considering Culture boxes throughout the book, and culturally diverse clinical examples emphasize the importance of appreciating culture in clinical psychology.
  • An emphasis on ethics. A full chapter is devoted to the most important ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology, including confidentiality, multiple relationships, informed consent, and competence.
  • Mobile tags (QR codes) within the text provide links to videos, articles, and websites that enhance the concept or information presented.
  • Up-to-date coverage. Current topics include mindfulness, acceptance-based therapies, evidence-based assessment, computer-aided treatment, and a psychologist’s role in interrogation techniques at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.
  • A test bank written by the author is available to adopters.

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ISBN: 9781483345048