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2nd Edition

The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology
An Evidence Based Practice Approach

ISBN 9781138806306
Published April 13, 2016 by Routledge
1104 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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).

Table of Contents

Part I: Conceptual Frameworks. Carr, McNulty, Normal Psychological Development in Adulthood. Carr, McNulty, Classification and Epidemiology. Carr, McNulty, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. McNulty, Carr, Psychodynamic Therapy. Pascual-Leone, Andreescu, Greenberg, Emotion Focused Therapy. Carr, McNulty, Systemic Couple Therapy. McWilliams, Keating, O’Callaghan, Biomedical Approaches and Use of Drugs to Treat Adult Mental Health Problems. Carr, McNulty, Intake Interviews, Testing and Report Writing. Section II: Mood Disorders. Carr, McNulty, Depression. Jones, Lam, Tyler, Bipolar Disorder. Carr, McNulty, Suicide Risk. Novaco,Taylor, Anger. Section III: Anxiety Disorders. McCarthy, Bates, Social Anxiety Disorder. Wells, Carter, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Taylor, Asmundson, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Purdon, Chiang, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Creamer, Carty, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bianco-Campal, Depersonalisation Disorder. Section IV: Physical Health Problems. Furer, Walker, Health Anxiety and Somatization. Turk, Murphy, Chronic Pain. White, Psychological Assessment and Treatment in Cancer Care. Carr, McNulty, Eating Disorders. Section V: Other Significant Psychological Problems. Bramham, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults. Copello, Mahmood, Day, Alcohol and Other Drug Problems. Carr, McNulty, Psychosis. Woods, Lamers, Psychological Problems of Older People. Section VI: Approaches to Psychological Distress Related to Complex Childhood Trauma. Fitzpatrick, Kuo, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Lynch, Seretis, Hempel, Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Overcontrolled Disorders: Including Refractory Depression, Anorexia Nervosa, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Cutland Green, Heath,  Schema Therapy.

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Alan Carr, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin, and a consultant clinical psychologist at the Clanwilliam Institute in Dublin. He has conducted clinical practice in the UK, Canada and Ireland. He has produced over 20 volumes and 350 papers and presentations in the areas of clinical psychology, family therapy and positive psychology. His more popular recent books include The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice (co-edited with Christine Linehan, Gary O’Reilly, Patricia Noonan Walsh and John McEvoy), and Clinical Psychology: An Introduction.

Muireann McNulty, PhD, is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin. She developed the adult clinical psychology curriculum for the clinical psychology training programme at University College Dublin and co-ordinates teaching in that area. She has conducted clinical practice in the UK, the USA and Ireland.


This is an excellent, comprehensive and thoroughly revised second edition of the Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology. The editors, Carr and McNulty, have delivered a wide-ranging, clinically informed and solid empirical account of current clinical psychology practice. It presents an exceptional integration of current clinical applications, conceptual frameworks, and professional themes. It will be a valuable reference point and resource for experienced clinicians, graduate students and all those involved in clinical psychology training. - Professor Paul Kennedy, Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training, University of Oxford.