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One of their most recent publications is 1 - The Need for a Unified Conceptual Framework in Professional Psychology. Which was published in journal .

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Timothy P. Melchert's Articles: (6)

1 - The Need for a Unified Conceptual Framework in Professional Psychology

Publisher SummaryDespite the dramatic success of professional psychology, the field has also been marked by substantial controversy and conflict. There has been remarkable diversity in the theoretical orientations used to understand human psychology and the goals and processes of psychotherapy, and there has been deep conflict and competition between theoretical camps and schools of thought throughout the entire history of the field. Conflicts between schools and camps have subsided in recent years because of the development of integrative approaches to psychotherapy and other factors. The field is still characterized by wide diversity in the conceptualization of personality, psychopathology, and mental health treatment. Explaining the nature of human psychology and the processes involved in psychotherapy and behavior change has proven to be a formidable challenge for behavioral scientists. Research has provided reliable explanations for many psychological processes, but other aspects of the tremendous complexity of human psychology have been difficult to unravel and are currently understood only in broad outline. This is particularly true for the more complicated processes that are often the focus of psychotherapy. Detailed descriptions of many basic psychological phenomena are widely accepted but there remains a great deal to be learned about many highly complex processes such as the development of personality characteristics, the causes of psychopathology, the nature and assessment of intelligence and personality, and the mechanisms that account for psychotherapeutic change.

3 - The Public We Serve: Their Mental Health Needs and Sociocultural and Medical Circumstances

Publisher SummaryThe purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how the definition of professional psychology can clarify the nature, scope, and purposes of professional psychology education and practice. Greater clarity regarding these issues will be very helpful for resolving several of the disagreements regarding the appropriate approaches to teaching and practice that have divided the field. The definition of professional psychology proposed in the previous chapter identified the primary function of a professional psychologist as providing psychological services to meet the behavioral health and biopsychosocial needs of the public. When focusing on behavioral health needs, it might seem to be a straightforward process to learn the assessments and interventions that are most effective for treating common behavioral health problems. Epidemiological data could be used to identify the mental health disorders most commonly faced by the public, and then the available research could be reviewed to identify the assessments and interventions that are most effective for addressing those issues. Treatment guidelines could then be written that would suggest the indicated treatments for various mental health disorders.

10 - Treatment

Publisher SummaryBehavioral health care from a biopsychosocial perspective is an involved, complicated process. Not only do psychologists need to address patients' presenting problems, but they might intervene regarding multiple biopsychosocial problem areas and build strengths in still other areas as part of a comprehensive, holistic approach to addressing problems and promoting biopsychosocial functioning in general. Broadening the focus of treatment to include functioning across the biopsychosocial domains means that treatment can be significantly more complicated than some traditional approaches that focus on offering a specific type of therapy for a proscribed set of issues, and largely leave other issues alone. The main issues examined in this chapter follow from the health care emphasis of the biopsychosocial approach to behavioral health care. Before providing behavioral health care to patients, one needs to be able to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the interventions that one might use with patients. This is required for practicing in an evidence-based manner and to meet the ethical obligations of nonmaleficence and beneficence.

12 - Prevention and Public Health Perspective on Behavioral Health

Publisher SummaryThe public health field takes a broad perspective on the health of the whole population. In addition to treatment, public health focuses on the etiology of health disorders, epidemiological surveillance of the health of the general population, disease prevention, health promotion, and access to and evaluation of the services provided to the public. There was a great deal of excitement about the potential of a public health approach to behavioral health, as prevention research advanced and behavioral health prevention became a national priority. Three milestone reports reflected the growing importance of behavioral health prevention for the national agenda in the United States. A public health perspective is needed to understand the context of behavioral health care. An adequate understanding of the behavioral health needs of the public cannot be obtained by focusing solely on treatment. Epidemiological, etiological, and preventive perspectives must also be applied to gain a broad understanding of the needs and circumstances of the public and the appropriate role of treatment providers in meeting those needs.

Different forms of childhood abuse and memory

AbstractRecently a heated controversy emerged regarding recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse, but the prevalence and nature of these memories as well as the relationship between a history of child abuse and childhood memory generally have received limited empirical examination. This study (N = 429 nonclinical participants) found that similar proportions of those reporting histories of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse reported that they had periods without memory for their abuse (19.8%, 11.5%, and 14.9%, respectively). These participants, however, appeared to be referring to both a lack of conscious access to their abuse memories as well as the intentional avoidance of the memories for some period. There was a great deal of variance found in the reported quality of general childhood memory, but this was unrelated to reporting a history of child abuse. In addition, it appears to be normative to recover previously forgotten childhood events, and this too was found to be unrelated to a history of child abuse.

A REVIEW OF INSTRUMENTS FOR ASSESSING FAMILY HISTORY

AbstractThe influence of family history on one's development has long been a focus of psychological theory, research, and practice. In recent years, however, conceptualizations of family influences on development have evolved considerably, and there has also been increased concern about the reliability of individuals' memory for their childhoods in general. Current knowledge regarding these and other issues are applied to reviewing the instruments that have been developed to assess aspects of family history. The complexity of this type of assessment is emphasized, and a variety of problems with the reliability and validity of the currently available instruments are discussed. Suggestions for future research are also offered.

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