This book began out of a desire to see newly qualified clinicians and psychologists in training, finding approaches to therapy that, perhaps, they have not had the opportunity to engage with within their training. Although training programs for Clinical Psychologists within the United Kingdom are held in high esteem it is my experience that face to face work with clients is, to a large degree, led by the experience and methodologies employed by supervising clinicians. Psychology training around the world differs not only from country to country but often from city to city. This has been found to be especially true in Australia where I began my clinical career.
When a psychologist bases his or her clinical approach on their supervisor's work this has the potential to not only bring about incredible growth, but also, to stunt the clinician's professional growth, and thus, hinder the healing process of their clients. Also, one of the key issues that should be recognised by newly qualified clinicians and clinicians in training; is the need for therapeutic relationship building skills, that are second to none. As part of these relationship building skills it is imperative that the clinician can very quickly, read their client, in order that they may adjust the therapeutic approach(s) used, and thereby, not lose the client's trust.
This book, rather than being written totally for academia, is a practical approach for psychologists. Thus, I hope that the reader will find this book to be a pleasing and rewarding experience, and one that will prove to have excellent outcomes for clients.
This book provides for the reader the reasons for approaching clients with an integrative methodology in psychological interventions. But not just any integrative methodology, one that works and is shown psychometrically to work. While other books related to therapy alone may provide suggestions of specific skills for integration, this book shows how to use the appropriate skills and the contexts in which to use them. While other books are restrained within the parameters of psychology.
Robert Jones recognises that we live in a real world and, thus, this book contains subject matter related to the field of sociology and its impact on the individual. While other books and fields of study may leave the emerging clinician to flounder when working with other disciplines, this book introduces the reader to some of the complexities of working with other professionals. While other books may propose skill sets for therapy alone, this book recognises that psychologists are more than therapists, we also conduct work with the courts, and much more. Thus, this book provides guidance on working within the legal system and particularly as an Expert Witness.
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About the Author
Robert Jones has had a varied career path. After leaving school at the age of fifteen years with no qualifications because, according to his teachers, he wasn't good enough to study for GCE qualifications, he embarked on an apprenticeship with the North Thames Gas Board, in Essex, UK. After a number of years during which he travelled to Australia and New Zealand and back to the UK; and also during which his career included gas fitting, plumbing, fire-fighting, teaching, and providing nutritional consultations Robert qualified as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and he is registered in both fields with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. Robert is also a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and he is an Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS). Over the years Robert has developed a wide range of skills in performance fields. For example, while pursuing his teaching career he also was a professional puppeteer, part-time film and TV extra, and singer. These skills have become invaluable in his work as a psychologist, allowing him to extend himself when working as a therapist, particularly when working with children. Robert's lowly beginning has availed him many opportunities to help his clients to recognise their own potentials. By expounding on a range of life experiences while giving the client the understanding that he is discussing another person, not himself, Robert is able to guide his clients while he is encouraging them to reach their goals and, thereby, further their own emotional development. Having worked as a psychologist in hospitals both in Australia and various parts of the UK, Robert is now in private practice. He accepts referrals for clients with a wide range of psychological/emotional difficulties and his greatest delight is when he has to say goodbye because his clients have made progress and do not require his help any further. Thanks for allowing me into your life. The books which I have written and am promoting are designed to do nothing but help you. As an incentive to my readers, I am making material available to help you at no cost. As time allows, you will have the opportunity to conduct some free reading. Once again, welcome to my world.