Clinical Psychology in Ireland Volume Four: Family Therapy Theory, Practice and Research

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Clinical Psychology in Ireland is a series of books edited by Alan Carr, PhD, from the Department of Psychology at University College Dublin. Volumes within the series focus predominantly of empirical research conducted by clinical psychologists within an Irish context along with some papers on theory and practice. The first volume in the series is concerned with empirical studies of professional practice and includes surveys of the work practices, roles and stresses of Irish clinical psychologists. The second volume is a collection of empirical studies of problems and treatment processes in adult populations with psychological difficulties. Empirical studies of problems and treatment process in the field of child and adolescent mental health is the central theme of the third volume in this series. The fourth volume contains accounts of theory, practice and research in the family therapy written by Irish psychologists who have specialized in this particular therapeutic approach. Future volumes in the series will focus on these and other themes including child protection, juvenile offending and the prevention of childhood psychological problems.


Dr. Alan Carr's contribution to research-based practice of Clinical Psychology in Ireland has been immense. His series 'Clinical Psychology in Ireland' gives a unique insight into the issues currently facing both clients and professionals. The high professional status which Clinical Psychology has achieved in Ireland owes a great deal to his work.' Carol Fitzpatrick MD, FRCPI, MRCPsych. Professor of Child Psychiatry, University College Dublin.

I find the attitude in this volume (Volume 4) to present a good model for therapists in training. The way Carr unpicks the contributions of innovative theorists is a very helpful exemplar of how the therapist should approach ideas that suggest changes in thinking and practice. The work of Carr and his colleagues clearly reminds us that in Family Therapy professional training the highest standards of academic rigour can be applied, and applied to the therapeutic endeavour as well. The task of applying research findings to daily clinical practice call for the capacity on the part of the therapist to see the pertinence of specific discoveries to the individual case. Eddy Street, PhD., Editor, The Journal of Family Therapy.

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