Dr Gregor Lange and Dr John Davison, Clinical Psychology lecturers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Psychology, launched a compilation of case studies based on real Singapore clients and families at Brahm Centre, Ren Ci Hospital on 17 September 2015.
The first of its kind resource was authored by numerous members of the Singapore’s psychology community – many of whom were present at the book launch attended by academics, practitioners and members of the general public.
The book contains 20 chapters which provide comprehensive accounts of common mental health problems prevalent in society such as depression, panic disorder, pyromania and exhibitionism just to name a few.
It also sheds light on the challenges and successes of practitioners who had grappled with cultural and ethical issues in the therapy room.
Dr Lange said that the dearth of resources in the local context was the impetus to the conceptualisation of the book. In usual classroom settings, the case studies used commonly were those that took place in the United States or other Western countries.
“The difference in setting – which could range from the usual Hollywood celebrity gone mad profile to the scenario of a cocaine-taking young adult in downtown Los Angeles, was something that students here frequently could not relate to,” he says.
Thus, the book complements the current curriculum in schools and institutions that specialises in abnormal, counselling or clinical psychology courses. It is slated to be the textbook for the “PL3236 Abnormal Psychology” module at NUS and will be a supplementary text for Temasek Polytechnic’s “Abnormal Psychology” module as well.
The Clinical Psychology in Singapore – An Asian Casebook is available for sale at NUS Press Singapore and Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store. It is currently retailing at S$40.00.
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