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Introducing Psychopathology

Introducing Psychopathology

  • Betty Rudd - Teacher and Chartered Counselling Psychologist, East Sussex

November 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Introducing Psychopathology is an essential course companion for counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology trainees. It explains how to describe and diagnose client problems in clear, accessible language, demystifying the concept of psychopathology and revealing it as an integral aspect of training and practice. The book is entirely comprehensive in its coverage of client problems, groups, methods of assessment, up-to-date research and settings,
  • covering crucial topics from assessment and diagnosis to the clinical symptoms of emotional distress, including severe or enduring disorders like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder
  • providing a framework for psychiatric diagnosis and classification and covering risk assessment in detail
  • concluding with a chapter on holistic approaches and emotional wellbeing.

Case studies and exercises throughout the book make sense of the theory in real-life practice and the author's enthusiasm for her subject makes for a uniquely engaging, readable guide to the complexities of psychopathologies.



Understanding psychopathology
Assessment and referrals
Early life disorders incorporating developmental psychopathology
Anxiety disorders and sexual abuse
Cognitive disorders
Mood problems, depression, self-harm and suicide
Eating and sleeping disorders
Substance dependence
Psychotic disorders
Personality disorders
Psychopathology and possible future avenues

Beautifully written, and richly illustrated with vignettes, this book describes psychopathology in simple and accessible language. It contains helpful insights, useful resources and interesting questions. It is an indispensable survival guide for trainees and experienced therapists. I plan to recommend it to all my trainee therapists.

Maria Luca, PhD
Reader in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology and Head of Reflections Research Centre, Regent's University, London.

I enjoyed reading this informative, empathic and engaging book and am certain that it will become the ‘must have’ introduction to this topic and also ensure that all those involved in mental health promotion and support ( at all levels) will have access to a relevant, user friendly and informative survival guide.

Dr Tina Rae, Academic and Professional Tutor, University of East London

I consider this to be a good book for undergraduate students. I think they would find the vignettes of particularly helpful.

Mrs Maxine Cromar-Hayes
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
June 9, 2015

Well written and good introduction into psychopathology.

Mr Anthony Goddard
Adult education, Tameside College
April 25, 2015

This is an interesting and helpful book - especially for those approaching the concept of psychopathology and wanting to get to understand the traditional medical frameworks.

Professor Martin Milton
School of Psychotherapy and Psychology, Regents University London
December 17, 2014

good, up to date coverage of the topic.

Mr Quentin Stimpson
Dept of Psychology & Counselling, Greenwich University
October 13, 2014

Great book as an introduction to psychopathology. Readable, accessible and erudite with user friendly vignettes and exercises.

June 12, 2014

Difficult to read as print so small. However, the case points and vignettes were very valuable. I like the way the book is organised.

Mrs Kim Goode
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
April 8, 2014

This book describes psychopathology well and in simple terms. It has helped students understand the term and understand the signs and symptoms of client problem’s. The case students are used in class.

Ms Stella Burgoyne
Business & Professional Studies, Blackpool and the Fylde College
March 31, 2014

This book is very useful for supplementary information while studying counselling. It helps to give students background information and understanding about a range of relative conditions

SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
March 20, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Understanding Psychopathology

Betty Rudd

Dr Betty Kyprianou Rudd is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Specialist Teacher. She retired as Press Officer for the BPS DCoP and has appeared in films, TV and radio. She is named as an expert in NVC and Emotional Literacy by the BPS and is listed in ‘‘Who’s Who in Research’, ‘Who’s Who in Health’ and ‘Who’s Who in the World’ for her outstanding contributions in her field of endeavour and thereby contributing to the betterment of society. More About Author

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