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1st Edition

Health Psychology in Clinical Practice

Edited By

Mark J. Forshaw

ISBN 9780367637316
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
176 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Health Psychology in Clinical Practice provides a collection of first-hand accounts from several of the most established and experienced clinically working Health Psychologists in the UK, explaining what they do, how they do it and why their work is important.

In recent years, health psychologists have come into their own in being able to provide high-quality, evidence-based, clinical support for patients by utilising relevant therapies. Trainees and would-be clinical practitioners in the health psychology community are keen to learn more about this aspect of their craft, and this book provides a valuable source of information they can turn to – unlike the vast majority of literature on clinical practice in psychology, written by clinical psychologists, which is mostly of tangential relevance to a health psychologist. As a compilation, the first-hand accounts within Health Psychology in Clinical Practice provide a guide that will help define what clinical health psychology is and should be for a decade or more.

This book is an essential resource as a crucial snapshot of practice in the discipline in the UK and will additionally support trainees and those seeking a career in health psychology centered on practice rather than research or teaching.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

Dr Mark Forshaw

Chapter 1: Supporting People to Live with and Manage Long-Term Physical Health Conditions

Professor Kate Hamilton-West

Chapter 2: Health Psychology in an NHS Pain Management Service

Dr Laura Hissey

Chapter 3: The Twists and Turns into Health Psychology

Dr Neesha Patel

Chapter 4: Delivering An NHS Health Psychology Service For Patients With Eye Cancer

Laura Hope-Stone

Chapter 5: A Spectrum of Applied Health Psychology: Across Public Health and Healthcare Practice.

Dr Lisa Newson

Chapter 6: Beating Your Imposter Syndrome to Become a Practitioner Health Psychologist

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou

Chapter 7: Health Psychology in a Clinical Setting: How It Works for Me

Dr Jennifer Pulman

Chapter 8: Assessment in health psychology clinical practice

Eleanor Bull and Dr Hannah Dale

Chapter 9: Formulation in health psychology clinical practice

Dr Hannah Dale and Eleanor Bull


Dr Mark Forshaw

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Mark J. Forshaw is subject leader in Health and Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. An international expert in psychology training, he runs a professional doctorate in Health Psychology. He is a practitioner and supervisor of practitioners, and the author of many papers and books in his field.


‘This book is an invaluable and comprehensive resource for trainees, supervisors and practitioners. It provides expert accounts of the lived experience of becoming a health psychologist, whilst also presenting rich insights into assessment and formulation, clinical supervision, the setting up of health psychology services and the application of health psychology to a range of clinical settings. A must read for aspiring and current health psychologists.’ —Dr Lynne Dunwoody, Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of Ulster, and Chair, Partnership & Accreditation Committee of the British Psychological Society, UK

‘A useful, engaging, and informative edited text where the authors share their real-life experiences of health psychology training and practice, including some of the opportunities and challenges. The reader gets a clear view of the diverse skills necessary to be an effective health psychologist, and the text will be invaluable to health psychology trainees and those who teach health psychology students, particularly at postgraduate level.’ —Professor Sarah Grogan, Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK