Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology: Developing a Professional Identity through Training and Beyond offers insights from a range of trainee, recently qualified and experienced clinical psychologists as they reflect on the process of developing their professional identity through consideration of dilemmas and issues they experienced through clinical psychology training.

Reflecting the breadth of the profession and the range of services in which clinical psychologists work, the chapters highlight the different types of roles that clinical psychologists are expected to undertake throughout training and post-qualification. The book provides practical clinical recommendations that can be applied in work settings in line with contemporary research, policy and guidance, as well as personal reflections from the authors on how managing professional issues has shaped their practice as a developing clinical psychologist.

Developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist is vital in learning to navigate these challenges. The process by which a professional identity develops is an individual journey. However, Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology offers aspiring, trainee or qualified clinical psychologists - and other healthcare professionals - with a contemporary resource around professional issues which might be encountered within clinical psychology practice.

part Part I|33 pages

Challenges in learning to deliver psychological therapy through clinical psychology training

chapter Chapter 1|8 pages

Managing and using countertransference emotions within therapy

ByRoisin Turner

chapter Chapter 2|8 pages

The power of touch

Considering touch and physical contact within a therapeutic relationship
ByMelanie Hugill

chapter Chapter 3|7 pages

Working in secure settings

How has this influenced the development of a professional identity?
ByLaura Cramond, Ailsa Lord

chapter Chapter 4|8 pages

Prescribed endings in therapy during clinical psychology training

BySarah Savekar

part Part II|57 pages

Understanding the broader role of clinical psychology

chapter Chapter 5|8 pages

The identity and contribution of clinical psychology in CAMHS

ByGraham Simpson-Adkins

chapter Chapter 6|7 pages

Thinking about risk

Developing my identity as a clinical psychologist through experiences of risk assessment and management
ByBethan Roberts

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Professional issues in neuropsychological assessment

ByLindsay Prescott, John Timney, Thomas Rozwaha

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Clinical psychologists and the welfare benefits system

ByRebecca Hutton

chapter Chapter 9|9 pages


The professional and ethical issues facing trainee clinical psychologists
ByNicola Edwards, Helena Coleman, Javier Malda-Castillo

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

Should clinical psychologists be political?

ByMasuma Rahim, Anne Cooke

part Part III|38 pages

Developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist

chapter Chapter 11|8 pages

A trainee’s evolving experience of working collaboratively

ByHelen Walls

chapter Chapter 12|8 pages

Self-disclosure as a therapeutic tool

Ethical and practical considerations
BySarah Davidson

chapter Chapter 13|12 pages

Through the looking glass

Reflections on the transition from a trainee to a qualified clinical psychologist
ByLiam Gilligan, Denise Herron

chapter Chapter 14|8 pages

Professional and personal identities as clinical psychologists

Being human
ByHayley Higson, Sophie Allan