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.
Chapter Two: Case Conceptualization
There is a universe of potentially available information about patients. One must decide what information is most relevant, how to obtain it, how to integrate what is obtained, and how to relate it to what are often nebulous and ill-defined categories…. One may have to understand precisely what is creating maladjustment, what client statements or behaviors actually mean, and whether and when client feedback is purposely or inadvertently misleading.
Our real choice is between using some sort of cognitive map drawn out of our training, reading, or other professional experiences, and wandering blindly through a maze of options, alternatives, and choices to which we respond randomly and ignorantly
Why is case conceptualization important? At the most ...