Family therapy and clinical psychology

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Title: Family therapy and clinical psychology
Authors: Carr, Alan
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Date: Nov-1995
Online since: 2015-01-21T12:49:06Z
Abstract: The results of a survey of 111 clinical psychologists in the Republic of Ireland along with some comparable data from US and UK surveys were used to address a series of questions about the link between family therapy and clinical psychology. Family therapy was not a clearly identifiable sub-specialty within clinical psychology in Ireland. Family therapy theoretical models were used by more than a quarter of the Irish sample to conceptualize their work but by less than a tenth of US and UK respondents. In all three countries about a tenth of treatment time was devoted to the practice of family therapy. In Ireland, the use of family systems models, family assessment interviews and family therapy was more common within the child and family specialty than within the mental handicap or adult mental health clinical psychology specialties. The experience of live supervision and participation in family or couples therapy were important formative factors in the development of some clinical psychologists. Further training in systemic consultation, particularly in situations where an abuse of power has occurred, was identified in the survey as a priority area for continuing professional development. The evolving relationship between family therapy and clinical psychology is discussed in the light of these findings.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Journal of Family Therapy
Volume: 17
Issue: 4
Start page: 435
End page: 444
Copyright (published version): 1995 The Association for Family Therapy
Keywords: Clinical psychologyFamily therapyIrelandSurveys
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.1995.tb00030.x
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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