The Applied Psychologist by James Hartley & Alan Branthwaite

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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