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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology
Science, Practice, and Culture: DSM-5 Update

Third Edition

November 2013 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

'I love this book by Dr. Andrew Pomerantz.…He presents alternative perspectives on many issues and by doing so helps readers learn from the dialectic or tension between these perspectives. This text is a great foundation for students who are interested in developing their identities as clinical psychologists.' - John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD, University of Montana, and co-author of Clinical Interviewing

Featuring fully integrated coverage of the new DSM-5, this Third Edition Update explores all subfields of clinical psychology, including clinical assessment, psychotherapy, ethical and professional issues, current controversies, and specialized topics. Through the creative use of metaphor, the author connects new concepts with concepts you already know, enhancing your understanding of key concepts. In addition, you’ll find balanced coverage of multiple clinical perspectives, a wide variety of clinical examples, and a unique focus on ethics and cultural diversity.


  • Integrated coverage of disorders new to the DSM-5, some of which may apply to large numbers of previously undiagnosable people, including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Mild Neurocognitive Disorder, and Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • The latest information on adjusted DSM-5 criteria for existing disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder encompassing autism and Asperger disorder, revision of the bereavement exclusion criteria for major depressive episodes, and more inclusive criteria for bulimia nervosa and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Coverage of how the DSM-5 was created, including steps in the revision process; controversies that arose during the process; criticisms by prominent authors about the process; forces that may have influenced the process; possible consequences of DSM-5, including continued broadening of the scope of mental illness, treatment issues (e.g., insurance coverage, psychotherapy, drug treatment); and other implications (e.g., legal issues, disability claims).
  • A new design that brings concepts to life
  • Up-to-date scholarship and references, including many from DSM-5 in 2012 and 2013, are featured. 
Part I: Introducing Clinical Psychology
Chapter 1. Clinical Psychology: Definition and Training
Chapter 2. Evolution of Clinical Psychology
Chapter 3. Current Controversies in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 4. Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 5. Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 6. Conducting Research in Clinical Psychology
Part II: Assessment
Chapter 7. Diagnosis and Classification Issues: DSM-5 and More
Chapter 8. The Clinical Interview
Chapter 9. Intellectual and Neuropsychological Assessment
Chapter 10. Personality Assessment and Behavioral Assessment
Part III: Psychotherapy
Chapter 11. General Issues in Psychotherapy
Chapter 12. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Chapter 13. Humanistic Psychotherapy
Chapter 14. Behavioral Psychotherapy
Chapter 15. Cognitive Psychotherapy
Chapter 16. Group and Family Therapy
Part IV: Special Topics
Chapter 17. Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Chapter 18. Health Psychology
Chapter 19. Forensic Psychology

“I love this book by Dr. Andrew Pomerantz.…He presents alternative perspectives on many issues and by doing so helps readers learn from the dialectic or tension between these perspectives. This text is a great foundation for students who are interested in developing their identities as clinical psychologists.”

John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
University of Montana

More directed to Psychology students. However it is an excellent book to allow students to understand the differences between the main areas of Psychology, different assessment methods and as well the diverse contributions of different types of Psychotherapy that could be used in clinical practice.

Dr Florbela Soares Teixeira
Education , Coventry University
June 2, 2016

Familiar with previous editions

Competition books reviewed were not as complete or student friendly

Very good coverage for a Summer course

Up to date DSM-5 information

Dr Eric Seemann
Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville
May 31, 2015

Good background coverage of therapies and the history and development of the practice - it offers a broad overview in many areas; good use of 'real life' stories and links well to many areas of psychology - also easy to navigate

Mr Geoffrey Atkinson
Health & Social Care, Doncaster College
May 7, 2015

Comprehensive resource

Miss Myriam Clancy
Social & General Studies Department, Cork Institute of Technology
March 26, 2015

Excellent Text. Somewhat higher level than needed. Will adopt if I teach similar course at 400 level.

John Spores
Social Science Dept, Purdue University-N Central
March 19, 2015

Enjoyed the text for my undergraduate class--very informative, but not so complicated so I have found most students keep up with the reading. Nice work on this text.

Professor Brenda Ross
Psychology Dept, Elmhurst College
March 19, 2015

This book is an excellent introductory book to clinical psychology. It provides a balanced approach to clinical psychology with many balanced debates, such as whether clinical psychologists should prescribe or not. The author is honest in reporting what is new and what is not in this 3rd edition. Anyone wishing to follow a career in clinical psychology this book is essential reading, with comparisons between programs and potential interview questions. Following on from the introduction this moves to assessment, with discussion on the various DSM classifications including the new DSM 5. The clinical interview is covered well, discussing different forms of interview and recording. The book moves to discuss the various types of psychotherapy such as humanistic, cognitive, behavioural and family approaches, with a final section on special topics such as child and adolescent psychology and health psychology.
Disappointingly the book does not cover the psychology of ageing, an increasing need as an increasing older population emerges, with psychological problems such as depression, anxiety dementia and loneliness.

Mrs Emma Richards
Department of Psychology, Swansea University
February 24, 2015

Excellent textbook.

Dr John Spear
Psychology Dept, Cuny Queens College
January 27, 2015

Price is competitive, includes DSM V update, is highly readable, good helps.

Dr Sally Edman
Psychology, Northwestern College
January 20, 2015

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Andrew Mark Pomerantz

Andrew M. Pomerantz (BA, psychology, Washington University in St. Louis; MA, Ph D, clinical psychology, Saint Louis University) is professor of Psychology and director of the Clinical Adult Psychology Graduate Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to clinical psychology and maintains a part-time private practice of clinical psychology in St. Louis. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine Psychology Training Consortium. He is the author of Clinical Psychology: Science, Practice, and Culture (3rd Edition, SAGE, 2013)... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781483345048