This is a thorough and well-structured piece of work, which brings in the recent work of excellent authorities such as Barbara Ingram. It is well arranged, with many examples and case vignettes, which bring the material to life in an engaging way. I enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it unreservedly.'
John Rowan, humanistic therapist, private practice
`This is a must-read book for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry.'
Heather Fowlie, Head of the Transactional Analysis Department, Metanoia Institute, London
Conducting a competent assessment and case formulation can be a daunting task for trainee therapists engaging in clinical assessment for the first time. This book is designed to help, by unpicking the many aspects involved in assessment and case formulation across modalities, practice settings and client groups.
* Explores key elements of clinical assessment including diagnosis, risk assessment, ethical considerations and accounting for difference.
* Highlights the necessary skills, techniques and legal requirements at each stage of the process.
* Takes into account the impact of culture, context and theoretical and practical considerations.
* Uses case studies and reflective questions to illustrate difficult concepts in context.
Equipping you with the knowledge and tools to make successful assessments and case formulations, this is an essential read for trainees and for qualified practitioners wishing to brush up on their understanding.
Dr Biljana van Rijn, Faculty Head of Applied Research and Clinical Practice, Metanoia Institute.
Dr Biljana van Rijn is a qualified Transactional Analysis psychotherapist and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy. She has worked as psychotherapist and supervisor for a number of years in community organisations and private practice and tutored at Metanoia Institute. Biljana has been a head of clinical services at Metanoia Institute since 1998, and has gained substantial experience in psychotherapy assessment and formulation in this role. She has written on assessment previously and has established assessment training within the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service.
Introduction What is assessment? Assessment structure and skills Case formulation Diagnosis Risk assessment Impact of culture and issues of difference Ethical considerations Concluding remarks