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Integrative clinical psychology: Linking assessment and treatment

Lewis, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-2519-7976, Gould, E., Habib, C. and King, R. (2010) Integrative clinical psychology: Linking assessment and treatment. In: Lewis, A.J., Gould, E., Habib, C. and King, R., (eds.) Integrative Assessment in Clinical Psychology. Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hills, Qld..

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Clinical assessment is a process that extends from the point of referral to the formal commencement of treatment. Its aim is principally to appraise the patient's core life issues, to accurately diagnose psychopathology and to apply the relevant factors in a recommendation of the most effective and efficient treatment regime. Within these broad parameters, assessments take place in a wide variety of clinical circumstances. Assessments also address diverse referral questions. In some cases the referral question is made by a well-informed professional who is seeking a very specific determination from a clinical psychologist about psychopathology, risk issues, intellectual or personality func-tion. In other cases, and increasingly as clinical psychologists take on less specialised roles in the mental health system, assessment might be...

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Publisher: Australian Academic Press
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