Your Practicum in Psychology: A Guide for Maximizing Knowledge and Competence / Edition 1

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Matthews (psychology, Loyola University of New Orleans) and Walker (University of Oklahoma Medical School) prepare students for field placement in mental health settings. Writing in a conversational style, they review background on psychopathology, medication, and ethical issues, and illustrate how to resolve common difficulties that may arise in a practicum placement. Numerous vignettes and case examples help readers to understand basic concepts. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: Your Practicum in Psychology: A Guide for Maximizing Knowledge and Competence "is written to prepare undergraduate psychology and social work students for what is typically their first supervised training in the field of psychology."
Purpose: The text is written to help students select a practicum and how to maximize their training and education at the site once they begin.
Audience: The book is specifically written for undergraduate psychology or social work students preparing for practicum.
Features: The text covers selection of practicum sites, the populations typically served and the work that is usually done by undergraduate students during training. There is also some attention given to preparing students for working in a medical setting, e.g., psychotropic basics and an index to medical terminology and shorthand.
Assessment: This book nicely covers the work of selecting and succeeding at a practicum site, particularly a medical one. It is written in a very approachable manner that is sure to be soothing to the anxious student just beginning their work in a helping profession. My only reservation is the busy student who is already reading 200+ pages per week for university work may not have time or energy to utilize what is offered in the text and may rely on advice given by teachers and older students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591473282
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 454,783
  • Product dimensions: 9.82 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

1 How to maximize your training experience 3
2 Characteristics of a helping relationship 23
3 Getting started and developing rapport 41
4 Confidentiality and other ethical issues 61
5 History of treatment of people with mental illness 81
6 A review of psychopathology 105
7 Psychological assessment 129
8 Interventions : empirically supported treatments 157
9 The use of medicine in the treatment of mental disorders 187
10 Special issues in working with children 209
11 Mental health professions 237
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