Counseling Health Psychology

Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association

 
 


The Health Psychology Section of APA Division 17 is dedicated to the science and practice of counseling psychology in health related contexts either through research with medical, rehabilitation, or related populations, direct service to individuals across their lifespan (e.g., prevention, adjustment to and recuperation from illness, healthy lifestyle changes, psychological concomitants of medical illnesses), teaching and training of graduate students or the education of other health care professionals, or involvement with health policy.


Members of the Section have an interest in or actively participate in the science and practice of counseling psychology in health related contexts through an array of activities. Specifically, the purpose of the Section is as follows:


    * To support the role of counseling psychologists as active participants in the field of health psychology, disease prevention, health education, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation, and related areas;

    * To promote counseling psychologists as valuable contributors to the field of health psychology, disease prevention, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation, health education and related areas;

    * To promote well controlled research concerning the effectiveness as well as the costs of counseling interventions on health and disease-related variables and outcomes;

    * To advance efforts toward the integration of practice and science and further the evaluative, scientific, and applied activities of Section members;

    * To promote and support the education and training of counseling psychologists who are interested in health related fields;

    * To bring together counseling psychologists and counseling psychologists-in-training who specialize and/or have an interest in health psychology, disease prevention, health education, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation, and related areas and to provide a forum for individuals interested in health related areas to exchange ideas and network with one another.

 

What is Health Psychology?

Psychologists who strive to understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors influence health and illness are called health psychologists. The term "health psychology" is often interchanged with the terms "behavioral medicine" or "medical psychology." In contemporary research and medical settings, health psychologists work with many different health care professionals (e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses, physician's assistants, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, and chaplains) to conduct research and provide clinical assessment and treatment services.

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