Psychology is such a board field. It is called upon in so many settings like business, mental health, disease, schools, the list goes on. When you are starting out, it can be hard to know “what books do I ACTUALLY need?”. Texts can be so expensive, and some are more helpful than others. Here is my short list of the very first text books you need to add to your library.
**Note: I practice from a clinical / mental health perspective, and therefore these books are geared toward this area of practice. Please feel free to recommend your favourites as well!
1. The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach
Carr, A., & McNulty, M. (Eds.). (2016). The handbook of adult clinical psychology: an evidence based practice approach. Routledge: Chicago.
This is a comprehensive handbook to help build the skills necessary to complete a clinical placement in the field of adult mental health. It is both practical, and backed by empirical evidence. In this book you will find chapters specifically dedicated to disorders (e.g. mood disorders, anxiety disorders etc), as well as information on the appropriate delivery of therapies. This text is hands down, 110% a MUST HAVE for any psychologist – early career or not!
2. The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology : A Contextual Approach
Carr, A. (2015). The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology: A contextual approach. Routledge.
3. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5®). American Psychiatric Pub, 2013.
4. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Second Edition: Basics and Beyond
Beck, J. S. (2011). Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond. Guilford Press.