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Paper 3.1 (A): Introduction to Clinical Psychology

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I Unit I: Introduction

Nature of the discipline Clinical Psychology, History: ancient views and recent developments.

Training and professional development, Code of conduct and Ethics guidelines in Clinical Psychology, Development of standards of Clinical Psychology in India.

Theoretical Models in Clinical Psychology: Psychoanalytic, Interpersonal,  Humanistic, Cognitive and Behavioural, Biological

Methods of research in Clinical Psychology

History of Clinical Psychology in India

The regulation of practise of Clinical Psychology in India.

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II Unit II: Assessment in Clinical Psychology

Role of assessments in Clinical Psychology; Origins of Clinical Assessment; Process of Assessment: planning, data-collection, interpretation, communication of findings.

Models and methods of assessment: traditional or norm referenced assessment- intelligence, achievement tests and tests for special abilities; Norm referenced objective personality measures;

Models and methods of assessment: Projective assessment; Behavioural Assessment; Neuropsychological assessment; Critical Evaluation of Standardized Psychological Tests

Clinical Interviewing: Purpose- Gathering Information for Assessment and Treatment, Establishing Rapport for Assessment and Treatment; Skills of the interviewer.

Psychometric issues related to Assessment measures.

Structuring clinical interview.

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III Unit III: Interventions and Specializations in Clinical Psychology

Interventions: Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Existential, Behavioral-Cognitive.

Interventions:  Group & Family.

Specializations: Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Health Psychology.

Specializations: Clinical Geropsychology, Forensic Psychology.

Identifying  appropriate interventions for different psychopathology.

 Psychological aspects of eyewitness

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Hacker, J., & Thorpe, G. L. (2005). Introduction to clinical psychology: Science, practices and ethics . Delhi: Pearson Education
  2. Pomerantz, & Pomerantz, A. M. (2008). Clinical psychology: Science, practice and culture. New Delhi: Sage publications
  1. Bennett,P. (2006). Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An introductory textbook. New York: Open University Press.

Reference Books:

  1. Brewer,K. (2001). Clinical Psychology. Oxford : Heinemann Educational Publishers
  1. Kramer, G. P., Bernstein, D. A., &Phares, V. (2014). Introduction to clinical psychology.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  2. Plante, T.G. (2004). Contemporary Clinical Psychology, 4th Ed. Wiley publishers. New York:US.