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Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention presents a new approach to the integration of science and practice in clinical work. Author Scott T. Meier systematically connects case conceptualization, assessment, and analysis of intervention effects. This integrative approach differs from traditional methods of teaching counseling in its emphasis on the inclusion of assessment data in the intervention process. With its emphasis on concepts and procedure, Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention is intended as a manual for students in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or counseling and practicing psychotherapists, psychiatrists, or counselors.


Why attempt to integrate case conceptualization, clinical assessment, and analysis of psychotherapy effects into the clinical process? Because such a linkage can begin to solve several difficult problems in contemporary clinical work. The first is the issue of accountability: At no other time have clinicians been under such pressure to produce data supporting their work. Managed care companies and other settings where managed care philosophies have been adopted frequently require clinicians to employ outcome measures; few of the involved parties, however, are aware of the considerable validity issues associated with commonly used measures. Second, the literature on clinical judgment indicates that clinician errors can be frequent and substantial, yet the field has reached little consensus about procedures for detecting and correcting such errors. Third, ...

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