The Applied Psychologist

Paperback | December 1, 1999

byJames Hartley

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"Written in a clear and accessible style, the book should appeal to psychology students who want to get an idea of what it is like to work in applied psychology and the skills need to do this. This is especially the case as the book contains highly practical guide to pursuing career opportunities and where to find information on relevant courses."
Tom Merrill, Psychology Student, University of Leeds, UK

Review of the first edition:
"... a nice combination of theory and practice which should be of interest to two main audiences - psychology students trying to get some ideas about their choice of career, and practising psychologists who might like to dip into the book from time to time to broaden their horizons."
R. J. Ashton - School Psychology International


* What do psychologists do?
* What skills do psychologists have?
* What contributions can they make to solving people's problems?

Are there different kinds of psychologists doing different kinds of jobs or do applied psychologists share a common set of skills to be deployed in different contexts? The fully revised and updated second edition of this highly successful book takes the latter view. It brings a fresh perspective by suggesting that applied psychologists have many similar skills that can be used in different ways in different circumstances. The editors identify seven roles used by most applied psychologists, embracing the psychologist as counsellor, colleague, expert, tool-maker, detached investigator, theoretician and agent for change. In this book fifteen leading applied psychologists describe several aspects of their work in order to emphasise these different roles.

Although the content of this book is very varied - covering work-based counselling, cancer treatment, police psychology, text design, driving behaviour, sports psychology, market research, fire-fighter stress, autism, bullying, and work with refugees - the theme is simple: applied psychologists have many similar skills in the roles they play. Students of psychology everywhere will find this book to be an essential point of reference on applied psychology. Its clear and accessible style is enhanced by discussion questions and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter. The text also contains a useful and highly practical guide to pursuing career opportunities and where to find information on relevant courses.

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"Written in a clear and accessible style, the book should appeal to psychology students who want to get an idea of what it is like to work in applied psychology and the skills need to do this. This is especially the case as the book contains highly practical guide to pursuing career opportunities and where to find information on releva...

James Hartley is Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Keele. He is an expert on the psychology of text design, and on teaching and learning in higher education. His books include Designing Instructional Text 3rd Edition (1994) and Learning and Studying (1998).Alan Branthwaite is Qualitative Research a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 3.74 × 2.68 × 0.25 inPublished:December 1, 1999Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335202845

ISBN - 13:9780335202843

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Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxes
List of contributors
Preface
/f002Prologue
The roles and skills of applied psychologists

/f002Section A: the psychologist as counsellor

What is counselling? a personal view
Counselling at work

Section B: the psychologist as colleague

Doctors, psychologists and cancer patients
Psychology and policing

/f002Section C: the psychologist as expert

Psychology and market research
Improving sporting abilities
training concentration skills

Section D: the psychologist as toolmaker

Could this be easier to read? tools for evaluating text
Are women better drivers than men? tools for measuring driver behaviour

/f002Section E: the psychologist as detached investigator

Do fire-fighters suffer from stress?
Investigating homework
an outsider's view

/f002Section F: the psychologist as theoretician

Autism and 'theory of mind'
The case of applied behaviour analysis in clinical psychology

/f002Section G: the psychologist as change agent

Bullying in schools
changing attitudes and behaviour
Psychology and humanitarian assistance
/f002Epilogue
Becoming an applied psychologist
Subject index
Name index.