Getting up-to-date on psychology. I chanced upon an interesting blog by someone who’s very much up on some of the happenings in clinical psychology. If you’ curious about what clinical psychology is — how it differs from psychiatry, this is a solid resource. I recommend it.
Interdisciplinary psychology - health psychology. There are some very interesting things going on in interdisciplinary psychology. Health psychology is a good example. Medicine is cottoning on to the idea that having psychologists in pre- and post-operative situations actually reduces their costs, chiefly in terms of legal liability. In the purportedly “inevitable” issue of psychologists prescribing psychotropic medications (RxP) the public stands to benefit from a collaboration between the medical model of physicians and the more humanistic approach of psychologists. In the past, this has been an uneasy alliance, at best.
Public health. On another front, psychologists are teaming up with government agencies concerned with how to deal with disaster relief. Sports psychologists are enjoying some success, enhancing individual performance as well as improving team cohesiveness. Psychologists are increasingly consulting on public health issues. Larger pscychological organizations are lobbying at the state and national level.
These activities are not without there pitfalls, but speak to breadth of what psychologists do. We don’t just administer MMPI’s, Rorschachs, and interest inventories. We don’t just do psychotherapy or behavioral modification.