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The contemporary practice of psychology requires a prudent balance of traditional and emerging communication methods. Interpersonal interactions in the context of human relationship (e.g., speech, emotional expressions, and nonverbal gestures) have been a vital part of emotional healing throughout many centuries, and research findings in the 1990s underscore the importance of relational factors in effective psychological interventions (Whiston & Sexton, 1993). In addition to the time honored interpersonal communication methods of professional psychology, rapid technological advances have propelled psychologists into another sphere of communication. Today's professional psychologist is increasingly expected to attain mastery in both of these communication methods-the very old and the very new.


Originally published in Comprehensive clinical psychology: Vol. 2. Professional issues by M. Hersen, A. S. Bellack (Series Eds.), & A. N. Wiens (pp. 363-375). Oxford: Elsevier Science.

ISBN: 0-08-043141-0 (Volume 2)

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