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An exploration of the taxonomy and intersection of clinical psychology and psychopathology: Basis for redesigning psychology curriculum

Singh, Amir

Interest in clinical psychology has been growing as indicated by large numbers of undergraduates applying for admission to graduate programmes and the professional degrees granted. Clinical psychology is one of the largest branch and the most popular subfields within the broad branch of psychology that integrates science, theory and practice to address psychological problems. It is the study of individuals, by observation or experimentation, with the intention of promoting change (Compas & Gotlib, 2002). As clinical psychology has evolved over the years into a complex and diverse area within psychology, it has become important for psychologists, teachers as well as students to integrate between science and theory. Today, clinical psychology is the largest and certainly one of the most vigorous fields of psychology (Reisman, 1991). At this juncture, an important question arises. What is clinical psychology and should it be taught to students? Essentially, clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being. 

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