While clinical sociologists have been part of American sociology for well over fifty years, it has been only the last decade that the field of clinical sociology has become formalized and has gained acceptance as having a legitimate role in contemporary sociology. The history and development of this renewed interest in clinical sociology parallels the history and development of the Clinical Sociology Association (currently called the Sociological Practice Association). This paper gives an overview of the movement, differentiates current uses of the terms "clinical sociology," "applied sociology," and "sociological practice," and discusses directions for the next decade.

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