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- PublicationBook review of D. Wiger (1997). The clinical documentation sourcebook: A comprehensive collection of mental health records of practice forms, handouts and records. Chichester: Wiley(British Psychological Society, 1999)This clinical documentation source book was written to meet the need of North American mental health practitioners for a system of documenting their work within the context of managed care systems. Within such management care systems in order to be reimbursed practitioners must show that services are necessary, and that the assessment and treatment procedures are appropriate to the disability and level of impairment shown by clients. The impact of treatment on the clients' level of functioning must be regularly documented and specific goals and criteria for discharge must be specified.
- PublicationHarassment of clinical psychologists by clientsIn this survey conducted in 1997 and 1998 it was found that over two thirds of 137 clinical psychologists working in Irish Health Boards and Voluntary Bodies had experienced at least one sexual, physical and verbal potentially negative interaction with a client. The frequency with which particular negative interactions occurred differed across specialities. Seeking support from colleagues, addressing the issues raised by the negative interaction with the client, and taking self-protective measures were the most commonly used problem-solving coping strategies. Reframing negative interactions as therapeutic issues rather than sexual, physical or verbal aggression was the most common reappraisal strategy. Problem-solving based coping strategies were perceived to be the most effective. Negative interactions with clients and harassment by clients were unrelated to clinical psychologists stress levels as assessed by the GHQ-28.
- PublicationClinical psychologists' rolesA survey of all clinical psychologists employed by eight health boards in the Republic of Ireland in 1994 and 1995 was conducted and the response rate was 54%. The views of the 67 respondents on their actual, desired and expected future work roles are described in this paper.
- PublicationA quadruple dose of disorder(TES Global, 2001-11-30)These four textbooks are designed specifically for those studying undergraduate abnormal psychology at North American universities, but they would serve as useful resources on undergraduate psychology courses on this side of the Atlantic. Supplementary reading would, however, be essential to add a European or British dimension.
- PublicationThe development of clinical psychology in the Republic of Ireland(British Psychological Society, 2015-08)In Ireland clinical psychology emerged in the mid-1950s as an integral part of the public health service for people with mental health problems and intellectual disability. The structure of the profession and training system which evolved were based on the UK model. The number of clinical psychologists, the range of specialisms in which they work and roles that clinical psychologist fulfil have developed significantly especially during the 21st century. PSI, psychologists within the public health service, and the four clinical psychology training programmes have worked together to foster the growth of the profession. Clinical psychology research and textbooks have been published by Irish clinical psychologists, and they have also had significant media presence. Clinical psychologists also had a significant impact on major societal issues such as CSA. Statutory registration is the next major profession development on the horizon for the profession of clinical psychology in the Republic of Ireland
- PublicationClinical psychology in Ireland: What empirical studies of professional practice tell us(Edwin Mellen Press, 2000)This chapter briefly sketches the historical development of clinical psychology in Ireland and against this backdrop summarizes key findings from the 5 studies described in the remainder of this book. Clinical psychology has evolved in Ireland over the past 40 years from a profession with only a handful of members and a circumscribed role to one with over 300 professionals with complex and diverse roles. The first professional university based training programmes were set up in the late 1970s. The output from these continues to fail to meet the demand for qualified clinicians. Clinical psychologists are employed in three main areas: child mental health services; adult mental health services; and physical and intellectual disability services.
- PublicationThe development of family therapy in Ireland(Springer, 2013-06)In Ireland family therapy is a small profession, with under 200 registered therapists. The Irish family therapy movement began in the mid-1970s. By 1980 the Family Therapy Network of Ireland in the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Branch of the UK Association Family therapy had been founded. At present there are three main family therapy training centers in Ireland: two in the south (the Mater University Hospital, affiliated to University College Dublin and Clanwilliam Institute) and one in the north (at Queen’s University Belfast). There is no statutory registration and licensing of family therapists in Ireland. Accredited professional family therapy programs in Ireland are 4-year part-time courses culminating in masters level qualifications. A primary degree in medicine, nursing, psychology, social science or education is a prerequisite for entry. Family therapists in Ireland work in both private practice and the public health service. Most family therapists in the public sector are employed as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists or nurses, and conduct family therapy as part of their broader professional roles. Couple therapy in Ireland is provided by family therapists, and also by voluntary couple counselors based in networks of local centers, some of which were originally religiously affiliated, without a formal connection to national family therapy associations. The three major future challenges for Irish family therapy are creating a research infrastructure, developing a career structure in the public health service, and introducing statutory registration.
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- PublicationInsights into challenging behaviour(TES Global, 2003-11-28)These five text books are designed specifically for students taking undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology. One of these books--Paul Bennett’s--is from the UK. The other four are written by authors based in the USA. All five would serve as useful resources for undergraduate psychology courses on this side of the Atlantic. However supplementary reading would be essential to add a European or British dimension to the four North American volumes.
- PublicationBook review of Linley, A. & Joseph, S. (2004) Positive Psychology in Practice(Taylor and Francis, 2006-10)In the preface to this volume Martin Seligman notes that ‘the scientific psychological literature of the 20th century is littered with well-done analytic science that applied to nothing at all, and this is a fate positive psychology must avoid.’ Alex Linley and Stephen Joseph in their volume Positive Psychology Practice have taken an important step in diverting positive psychology from this undesirable fate. They have edited a compendium of scholarly chapters on practical applications of the science of positive psychology to important social issues.
- PublicationClinical psychology and child protectionIn this 1998 postal survey of 140 clinical psychologists working in eight Health Boards and Voluntary agencies in the Republic of Ireland, it was found that clinical psychologists from child mental health, adult mental health and services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities were involved in child abuse and protection work. Clinical psychologists' child protection work spanned a number of domains including validation, general assessment, risk assessment, treatment of victims and offenders, consultation with other disciplines, administration and report writing, prevention, research and providing staff support.