Clinical psychology is the scientific study and application of psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress/dysfunction and for promoting well-being and personal development. Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy. Psychologists also engage in research, teaching, consultation, forensic testimony, and program development and administration. Clinical psychologists are now considered experts in providing psychotherapy, and generally train within four primary theoretical orientations—Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Systems or Family therapy.
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