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UK clinical and community psychology: Exploring personal and professional connections

Thompson, Miles; Stuart, Jenny; Vincent, Rose; Goodbody, Louise


Jenny Stuart

Rose Vincent

Louise Goodbody


This paper explores the personal and professional connections between clinical psychologists in the United Kingdom (UK) and critical/community psychology (CCP). Specifically, it asks how clinical psychologists define the area, how they relate to it and how they apply it in their work. Twenty clinical psychologists responded to an online survey, 12 of whom went on to take part in a follow-up telephone interview. Data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. The results are divided into three sections: i. "describing CCP": social justice and a questioning stance are considered, ii. "relating to CCP": an interplay between lifespan events and personal responses are described and iii. "applying CCP": a dynamic between role-specific applications and reality checks that either enable or constrain is illustrated. Although the continued need for a CCP is described, the results highlight both challenges and tensions of practising CCP within clinical psychology.


Thompson, M., Stuart, J., Vincent, R., & Goodbody, L. (2022). UK clinical and community psychology: Exploring personal and professional connections. Journal of Community Psychology, 50(7), 2904-2922.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 1, 2022
Publication Date Aug 8, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 3, 2022
Journal Journal of Community Psychology
Print ISSN 0090-4392
Electronic ISSN 1520-6629
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 7
Pages 2904-2922
Keywords clinical psychology; community psychology; connections; critical community psychology; personal; professional; social justice
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