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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

Quite an involved book that students haven't shown much interest in to date. However, i think they will get a great deal out of the book in year 3 studies when they consider forensic principles.
I have found it useful in preparation terms with excellent assessment and diagnostic tools/principles. I will recommend the book again in year 3

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
February 24, 2014

Very accessible introduction to psychopathology, clearly structured and presented

Ms Sarah Maris-Shaw
Allied Health Sceinces, London South Bank University
January 10, 2014

Essential reading for students who want a straight forward text on issues and disorders in Mental Health. I would recommend this to students from level 3 upwards.
Clear and concise, real life case studies. Everything you require in one book, easy referencing, straight forward language.

Mr Paul Sayer
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
December 18, 2013

This is an accessible and up-to-date introductory guide. Clearly written and with excellent reading lists for each chapter. A very useful student resource.

Dr Kate Daniels
Language Centre, Cambridge University
December 12, 2013

An easy to read and comprehensive guide with good recommendations for resources.

Phil Joyce
Psychology , Metanoia Institute
December 1, 2013

This is a useful short introductory text for students and therapists wanting to gain an overview of the clinical aspects of mental health problems and the ways that they are likely to present in clinic. The therapeutic framework is integrative.

Dr Julianna Challenor
Department of Psychology, City University
November 26, 2013

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