Clinical Psychology for Trainees

Foundations of Science-Informed Practice

Clinical Psychology for Trainees

This book describes the practice of clinical psychology with special emphasis on providing trainee therapists with the skills and strategies to achieve the core competencies required for a science-informed clinical practice. It will support the reader in making the transition from the lecture theater to the consulting room. The approach incorporates a contemporary perspective on the multiple roles of clinical psychologists within a competitive healthcare market, where professional psychologists not only need to be accountable for their outcomes and efficient in achieving them, but also need to be conscious of the social and political context in which psychology is practiced. Chapters are organized around the acquisition of key competencies and linked within an evidence-based, science-informed framework. Case studies, handouts, graphics and worksheets are employed to encourage the implementation of the skills described. This book should be read by all those enrolled in, or contemplating, postgraduate studies in clinical psychology.


"This book does not teach you how to practice, and it does not serve to affirm how well a trainee is doing. It is more about getting a trainee to reflect on their practice, to provoke thoughts, and to refer back to during the process of professional development...this book is more about providing ideas to help one become a good cook, rather than being a book of recipes to follow." - Psychology, Health & Medicine (2010), Claire Lane, PhD, Cardiff University, UK

'Those considering, or just embarking on clinical training would do well to read this book, to develop a sense of 'science' as an ally and not a foe.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research