Investigating Clinical Psychology takes a deep dive into the field of clinical psychology through the lens of pseudoscience and fringe science. An expert panel of authors honors the role of science in the field while also exploring and guarding against the harms that pseudoscience can cause.
Clinicians have an ethical duty to provide the best available, evidence-based care. Engaging, accessible, and open-minded in approach, this book outlines the distinction between science and pseudoscience in order to prevent the false, and often quite harmful, effects that pseudoscientific practices can have on patients in need of mental health services. The book covers a variety of topics, including harmful therapies, purple hat therapies, animal-assisted therapies, hypnosis, and energy medicine. Featuring world-renowned voices from health care specialists to skeptics on the outside of the field gazing in, it equips readers with the skills needed to differentiate between pseudoscientific and evidence-based approaches in both study and practice.
Aligning with many major undergraduate textbooks for easy course integration, Investigating Clinical Psychology is valuable supplemental reading in undergraduate and graduate courses in clinical psychology. It is also a beneficial reference for clinicians in practice, as well as anyone interested in pseudoscience within the mental health sector.
PART I: Introduction
1. The Role of Science in Clinical Psychology
Jonathan N. Stea
2. Intellectual Humility and Historical Roots in Pseudoscience
Daniel Machado, Owen Hicks, and David J. A. Dozois
PART II: Assessment
3. Dubious Diagnoses
Blake A. E. Boehme, Andres De Los Reyes, & Gordon J. G. Asmundson
4. Rorschach Inkblots
James M. Wood, M. Teresa Nezworski, and Howard N. Garb
5. Personality Assessment
Gerald P. Koocher and Yilong Peng
PART III: Intervention
6. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Miranda A. L. van Tilburg
7. Harmful Mental Health Interventions
Yevgeny Botanov, Alexander J. Williams, John Sakaluk, and Robyn Kilshaw
8. Energy Medicine
Jon Guy, Melanie Trecek-King, Ruth Ann Harpur, and Jonathan N. Stea
9. Purple Hat Therapies
Eve A. Rosenfeld and Carmen P. McLean
10. Animal-Assisted Therapies
Kitti Bessenyei, Igor Yakovenko, Lindsey Snaychuk, and Andrew (Hyounsoo) Kim
PART IV: Special Topics
11. Child and Adolescent Psychology
Jaden Sangoi, Keaira Cox, and Stephen Hupp
12. Alternative Medicine
Isabella Hartley and Indre V. Viskontas
14. Forensic Psychology
Montana L. Ploe, David K. Marcus, and John F. Edens
PART V: Conclusion
15. Science-Based Clinical Psychology
Stephen Hupp and Vyla Hupp
"This excellent book that helps us all better understand and navigate the ever growing world of fads and pseudoscience in the field of psychological therapies. In my opinion, a must read for all students in the psychological helping professions, their teachers, clinicians and those who make health care policies. Kudos to the editors and a heartfelt thank you to each of the contributors."
Hon. Dr. Stanley Kutcher, Professor Emeritis, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Canada.