Clinical psychology applications of psychological knowledge

Psychology is most commonly, although not exclusively, applied in the clinical task of helping people adapt to a chronic persistent pain and its widespread negative consequences. Its primary activities are (a) assessment and formulation, (b) treatment planning and intervention, and (c) evaluation of outcome. There is a plethora of measurement tools available for use with patients in pain, and excellent guidance exists on the optimal methods of selection [7]. Perhaps less advice is available on the common activity of case formulation although guidance can be found [8]. There is, however, no shortage of data available on treatment interventions, from the first cognitively orientated manuals and tasks [9] to the recent focus on acceptance and commitment therapy

[10]. Clinical psychology, despite a relatively short history, has a variety of schools within it that can confuse the casual observer or visitor. However, common across its schools of thought is a concern with understanding how people's behavior in context confines or shapes their future behavior, recognizing that a critical aspect of that context is other people's behavior. The most common form of applied clinical psychology is known as "cognitive behavioral therapy" or CBT. CBT has a dual focus, as its name suggests: first, on the patterns and habits of behavior, their antecedents, contingencies, and consequences; and second, on the private mental experience, in particular on the thoughts and feelings that are associated with a life lived in pain.

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