1Running head: TOWARDS A PSYCHOLOGY PERSPECTIVE 1
Towards a Psychology Perspective
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: My chosen field of study
The area of psychology that I am interested in is Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating mental and behavioral disorders. As a Clinical Psychologist, I could be involved in various activities like: Conducting research, help clients define goals, and help them to execute them, develop and implement treatment plans, meet with clients regularly to monitor progress, and identify and diagnose mental, behavioral, and intellectual disorders. All these activities are of extreme interest to me. Clinical psychology became a passion for me, because like many others, I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Realizing that the thoughts in my mind are what caused me so many physical issues, it raised my curiosity about the power of the mind and inspired me to want to help people because I know the limitations that anxiety and depression can cause.
The Importance of Research in Clinical Psychology
Psychology is a branch of science; therefore, research is an integral part of this field. In psychology, the scientific process that we learned as children is used, which is, offering a theory and then constructing rigorous laboratory or field experiments to test the hypothesis (APA 2008). One must use a research to create a valid hypothesis, and the foundation of that research is quality and credible sources. Research is very important in clinical psychology. Although there are some arguments about the implementation of research into real life scenarios, one can still use the research to their advantage. The actual research findings may not be useful to practitioners due to specificity of each case, but they can be implemented tactics of the experiment to other scenarios (Smedslund, J., & Ross, L. 2014). Research help us to learn about psychological disorders, mental disorders, and different ways that a person’s well-being can be affected. Research also helps psychologist to test procedures, measurements, and treatment outcomes. We would not have this vital information without accurate research.
The Importance of Ethical Principles in Behavioral Psychology
Psychologists work to develop a valid and reliable body of scientific knowledge based on research (APA.1992). Psychologist help the public in developing informed judgements and choices concerning human behavior (APA.1992). In doing this, psychologist are required to follow the ethic code, which provides a common set of values upon which psychologists build their professional and scientific work (APA.1992). The general principles that a psychologist must follow is:
Principle A: Competence: Psychologist should always work hard to maintain a high rank of competence. They should understand their limitations in their field and only provide...