Case Conceptualisation

Case conceptualisation


This chapter presents different research-informed approaches to case conceptualisation and subsequent therapeutic strategy. Research-informed examples from major approaches (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, experiential and integrative) are provided, and an example of assimilative integrative approach to case conceptualisation is included.

The main scaffolding of therapeutic work is case conceptualisation or formulation.1 Case conceptualisation informs the therapist's strategy for therapy. Each therapist encountering the client's presenting issue translates it into a theoretically informed understanding of what might be causing or perpetuating the problematic issue and what needs to happen in therapy in order to resolve that issue. Such case conceptualisation then informs the therapist's strategy for specific sessions and the overall therapy (see Figure 3.1).

Case conceptualisation is an area where there is a lot of disagreement among ...

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