Individual Case Formulation presents formulation as a process that can be taught systematically to trainee therapists. The book begins by discussing assorted theories of case formulation, and critiques their ability to be applied in real world situations. The individual case formulation approach is then defined and discussed as a way to integrate the best of what different theoretical orientations have to offer in conjunction with the expertise and clinical judgment of the therapist. The book proposes a systemic/functional framework that focuses on difficulties as defined by the client and emphasizes constructive solutions to problems rather than symptom reduction. Moving from theory to application, the book then guides therapists in how to conduct assessment interviews, how to reach a provisional formulation, how to test that formulation for accuracy and reformulate if necessary, how a therapist can make explicit what their clinical reasoning was in making the case formulation, and provides case examples and transcripts so readers will better grasp the concepts in action.
Intended both for the starting or trainee therapist and the experienced clinician, Individual Case Formulation provides a practical guide for those looking to improve their case formulation skills.
Richard S Hallam is Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London. His career has combined teaching, research and professional practice in clinical psychology. Books he has had published include Counselling for Anxiety Problems (1992) and Virtual Selves, Real Persons (2009).
1. Formulation-the Main Issues 2. Conceptual Frameworks for Case Formulation 3. Evidence-Based Practice: Diagnostic and Transdiagnostic Approaches 4. Theory and Evidence in Individual Case Formulation 5. The Process of Reasoning in Individual Case Formulation 6. Narrative and Textual Analysis in Formulation 7. Formulation Skills and the Therapeutic Relationship 8. A Functional/Systemic Framework for Case Formulation 9. Future Prospects for Individual Case Formulation Guidelines for Assessment and Constructing an Individual Case Formulation (ICF)