The Professional Application Of Psychology

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Applied psychology is the professional application of psychological knowledge using theory and findings to solve practical problems in important areas of the human environment, such as education, health and the workplace (Coolican, 2007, p. 1). There are many branches of applied psychology including Clinical, Occupational, Educational, Forensic, Health, Sport & Exercise, Counselling and Neuropsychology. This essay will provide a discussion of the theory that underlines Clinical and Educational psychology, along with possible ethical considerations associated with the professional practice in each of the two applied settings. Clinical psychology is defined as the branch of psychology responsible for treating and understanding mental health problems such as anxiety disorders (Davey, 2011, p.2) - the World Health Organisation (WHO), define mental health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO website 2014). Educational psychology applies psychological theories, research and techniques in order to establish a systematic body of knowledge concerning the factors which influence learning and behaviour within an educational context (Coolican, 2007, p. 73).

One essential element of practicing psychology is the need for ethical standards to be met. The guide for monitoring ethical standards is provided by the Society’s Code of Conduct (BPS, 2000). In 1985 the society published its first code of conduct to
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