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Posted: 01 November 2007

UCD clinical psychologists lead the curriculum

A team of clinical psychologists at University College Dublin have produced a series of three (1,000 page) handbooks incorporating the entire curriculum for clinical psychology training. The handbooks, published by Routledge, include the many advances and innovations in the field of clinical psychology over recent years. They offer a unique, reliable and accessible source of practical advice to all those working or studying in the field. Together they provide the lion’s share for clinical psychology training in Ireland and the UK.

“This set of handbooks is the first of its kind to be published in Ireland, the UK or North America,” said the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney who formally launched the publications at an international clinical psychology conference in University College Dublin on 17 October 2007. “It is great to see Ireland and UCD taking a leadership role in this field.”

Beginning with a set of general conceptual frameworks for practice, the first of the three handbooks: “The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology” by Professor Alan Carr, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), gives specific guidance on the management of problems commonly encountered in clinical work with children and adolescents. Drawing on best practice in the field of clinical psychology, the book covers a comprehensive range of areas including: problems of infancy and childhood; problems of middle childhood; problems of adolescents; child abuse; and adjustments to major life transitions.

The second in the series of handbooks: “The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology,” edited by Professor Alan Carr and Dr Muireann McNulty, Clinical Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), provides guidance on the full spectrum of issues associated with conducting evidence based practice in adult mental health including: mood problems; anxiety problems; physical health problems; and a range of other psychological difficulties.

The final handbook in the series: “The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice,” edited by Professor Alan Carr, Dr Gary O’Reilly, and Professor Patricia Noonan Walsh, all from the UCD School of Psychology, and Dr John McEvoy, Research Associate with the Centre for Disability Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), is a step-by-step guide to clinical psychology work in the field of intellectual disability.

International experts from centres of excellence in the UK, North America and Australia also contributed chapters to each of the three clinical psychology handbooks.

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UCD clinical psychologists lead the curriculum