What is Clinical Psychology?
Clinical Psychology is a branch of psychology which deals with the assessment and treatment of mental illness. Clinical Psychologists undergo extensive training in all aspects of clinical work undertaken with children, adults, and people with learning and/or neurological disabilities, as well as receiving training and experience in teaching, supervision and research. All of Get Mindfuel’s Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
What is Community Psychology?
Community Psychology is a branch of psychology which has grown largely out of the mental health field and arguably encompasses principles that are relevant to the challenges our society and communities currently face. Whilst we also believe in the importance of treatment for individual disorders at Get Mindfuel we focus on the collective, and although we teach skills for individuals to use, it is in the shared experience of learning in a group setting. In keeping with an ‘approach seeking mode’ we are keen to collaborate with you to identify your needs and develop a relevant programme.
The principles of Community Psychology are as follows:
Aims to consider people within contexts of society and systems, recognizing their respective influences and taking into consideration the totality of individuals in their settings, rather than just seeing a particular pathology as a self-contained part of the individual.
It is concerned with change from a micro to a macro level – that is, at all levels of organisations, communities and neighbourhoods.
The practice of community psychology takes place in the relevant social context or setting – within communities, schools or workplaces; places which people are familiar with.
It employs an approach seeking mode; it is not reactive or ‘waiting’. This approach is driven by a wish to understand, find out and anticipate problems and therefore prevent them.
Community psychology favours approaches which are responsive and collaborative therefore relies on needs assessments, consultation and creative methods for sharing psychology with those in contact with problems in the community.
What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is a relatively new field developed in the late 1990s pioneered by Martin Seligman in the U.S. Its scope can be summarized as ‘the scientific study of optimal human functioning [that] aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive’. Seligman argues that over time psychologists have become adept at understanding and treating mental distress, mental illnesses and pathologies, but that this has led to us functioning predominantly within a disease model. But what about what keeps us well, what helps us to flourish?
Our everyday interaction with our community constantly reminds us about what keeps us physically healthy, such as a balanced diet or regular exercise. We see this on TV programmes, adverts, food packaging, education in schools, reminders from our GP and so on; but could we say the same about what keeps our mind healthy? Do we even really know that this is important or how to go about this? And do we know what our strengths are that we draw on in times of adversity, which may be subjective, but which we all experience at one time or another?