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Clinical psychology in a medical setting in Sri Lanka

  • Piyanjali de Zoysa (a1)

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It is my observation that Sri Lankan clinical psychologists, contrary to international standards, can, at times, be prevented from independent practice by psychiatric colleagues. This paper suggests reasons for the sometimes strained relations between clinical psychology and psychiatry and discusses the future of the profession in Sri Lanka. An important step would be the establishment of separate departments of clinical psychology in the health system, rather than psychologists being situated within departments of psychiatry.

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