Almost everyone is interested in the recognition and treatment of mental health problems. The impact of mental disorders on the public draws interest from people who are directly affected by these conditions, their family members, friends and coworkers, and those members of the community who must necessarily be concerned about ways to provide access to care for those who are in need. When it comes to mental health, we are all consumers in one way or another.
Stories addressing these issues in the popular media often cite advice and information provided by clinical psychologists. The field of clinical psychology has exploded over the past 40 years and now includes professionals from such a wide range of backgrounds that it is extremely difficult to distinguish those who are credible from those who are not. In this section of our website, we provide a bit of information that may be useful for people who want to know more about different kinds of training in this field as well as the treatments that work well and have an established track record of success.
APCS has sponsored the development of a new accreditation system for training in clinical psychology. A brief description of this system, known as the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) is provided here.
The following article provides a more detailed argument for the importance of training that simultaneously integrates an emphasis on science and practice.
Current status and future prospects of clinical psychology: Toward a scientifically principled approach to mental and behavioral health care. (by Timothy Baker, Richard McFall, and Varda Shoham).