The second edition of the Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology: An Evidence Based Practice Approach like its predecessor provides clinical psychologists in training with a comprehensive practice handbook to help build the skills necessary to complete a clinical placement in the field of adult mental health. While practical in orientation, the book is based solidly on empirical evidence.Building on the success of the previous edition this handbook has been extensively revised in a number of ways. Throughout the book, the text, references, and website addresses and have been updated to reflect important developments since the publication the first edition. Recent research findings on the epidemiology, aetiology, course, outcome, assessment and treatment of all psychological problems considered in this volume have been incorporated into the text. Account has been taken of changes in the diagnosis and classification of psychological problems reflected in the DSM-5. Chapters on ADHD in adults, emotion focused therapy, radically open dialectical behaviour therapy, and schema therapy have been added.

The book is divided into 6 sections:

Section 1 covers conceptual frameworks for practice (lifespan development; classification and epidemiology; CBT, psychodynamic, emotion focused, systemic and bio-medical models; and general assessment procedures)

Section 2 deals with mood problems (depression, bipolar disorder, suicide risk, and anger management)

Section 3 focuses on anxiety problems (social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and depersonalization disorder)

Section 4 deals with psychological problems linked to physical health (health anxiety, somatization, chronic pain, adjustment to cancer, and eating disorders)

Section 5 focuses on other significant psychological problems that come to the attention of clinical psychologist in adult mental health services (ADHD in adults, alcohol and other drug problems, psychosis, and psychological problems in older adults) 

Section 6 contains chapters on therapeutic approaches to psychological distress related to complex childhood trauma (dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder, racially open dialectical behaviour for over-controlled presentations, and schema therapy).

Each of the chapters on clinical problems explains how to assess and treat the condition in an evidence-based way with reference to case material. Interventions from cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, interpersonal/systemic and biomedical approaches are described, where there is evidence that they are effective for the problem in question. Skill building exercises and further reading for psychologists and patients are included at the end of each chapter.

This book is one of a set of three volumes which cover the lion’s share of the curriculum for clinical psychologists in training in the UK and Ireland. The other two volumes are the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Third Edition (by Alan Carr) and the Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice, Second Edition  edited by Alan Carr, Christine Linehan, Gary O’Reilly, Patricia Noonan Walsh, & John McEvoy).

part Section 1|262 pages

Conceptual frameworks

chapter Chapter 1|34 pages

Normal psychological development in adulthood

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 2|27 pages

Classification and epidemiology

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 3|38 pages

Cognitive behaviour therapy

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 4|35 pages

Psychodynamic therapy

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

Emotion-focused therapy

ByAntonio Pascual-Leone, Cristina A. Andreescu, Leslie S. Greenberg

chapter Chapter 6|45 pages

Systemic couple therapy

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 7|27 pages

Biomedical approaches and use of drugs to treat adult mental health problems

ByStephen McWilliams, Dolores Keating, Eadbhard O’Callaghan

chapter Chapter 8|30 pages

Intake interviews, testing and report writing

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

part Section 2|142 pages

Mood disorders

chapter Chapter 9|52 pages


ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 10|37 pages

Bipolar disorder

BySteve Jones, Dominic Lam, Elizabeth Tyler

chapter Chapter 11|26 pages

Suicide risk

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 12|25 pages


ByRaymond W. Novaco, John Taylor

part Section 3|200 pages

Anxiety disorders

chapter Chapter 13|31 pages

Social anxiety disorder

ByOdhran McCarthy, Tony Bates

chapter Chapter 14|29 pages

Generalised anxiety disorder

ByAdrian Wells, Karin Carter

chapter Chapter 15|25 pages

Panic disorder and agoraphobia

BySteven Taylor, Gordon J. G. Asmundson

chapter Chapter 16|23 pages

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

ByChristine Purdon, Brenda Chiang

chapter Chapter 17|27 pages

Post-traumatic stress disorder

ByMark Creamer, Jessica Carty

chapter Chapter 18|63 pages

Depersonalization disorder

ByAlberto Blanco-Campal

part Section 4|154 pages

Physical health problems

chapter Chapter 19|28 pages

Health anxiety and somatization

ByPatricia Furer, John R. Walker

chapter Chapter 20|51 pages

Chronic Pain

ByDennis C. Turk, Tasha B. Murphy

chapter Chapter 21|29 pages

Psychological Assessment and Treatment in Cancer Care

ByCraig White

chapter Chapter 22|44 pages

Eating Disorders

ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

part Section 5|192 pages

Other Significant Psychological Problems

chapter Chapter 23|30 pages

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

ByJessica Bramham

chapter Chapter 24|58 pages

Alcohol and Other Drug Problems

ByAlex Copello, Majid Mahmood, Edward Day

chapter Chapter 25|69 pages


ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty

chapter Chapter 26|33 pages

Psychological problems of older people

ByBob Woods, Carolien Lamers

part Section 6|124 pages

Approaches to psychological distress related to complex childhood trauma

chapter Chapter 27|37 pages

Dialectical behaviour therapy for borderline personality disorder

BySkye Fitzpatrick, Janice R. Kuo

chapter Chapter 28|42 pages

Radically open-dialectical behaviour therapy for overcontrolled disorders

Including refractory depression, anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
ByThomas R. Lynch, Dionysis Seretis, Roelie Hempel

chapter Chapter 29|43 pages

Schema therapy

Tara Cutland Green and Gillian Heath*
ByAlan Carr, Muireann McNulty