Individual Case Formulation
Intended both for the starting or trainee therapist and the experienced clinician,
Richard Hallam, in a significant contribution to the understanding of this topic, presents us with both a scholarly and reflective review about the nature of Individual Case Formulation (ICF) in contemporary psychotherapy, and, also with a practical guide (well illustrated with case material) about how it may be further developed.
...this thought provoking book provides a timely review of both conceptual bases of ICF and an examination of current assumptions underlying ICF in the light of modern pressures to put peopleâs psychological problems and complexities in to over simple categories, such as medical diagnoses.
This is a book that should be a major reference text in all clinical and counselling psychology courses but, it is also a thought provoking volume to read for the established practitioner (or clinician).
-David J. de L. Horne,
AudienceClinical psychologists and trainees for same.
- Published: February 2013
- Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
- ISBN: 978-0-12-398269-8
"Hallamâ¦advocates for good individual case formulation (ICF) as a key element of therapeutic success, and views case formulation as drawing upon expert methodological knowledge as well as craft skills of an interpersonal nature. After reviewing conceptual frameworks for case formulation, the author introduces reasoning processes for ensuring ICF is not purely subjective and conventions for producing a functional case formulation diagram."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
"â¦this thought provoking book provides a timely review of both conceptual bases of ICF and an examination of current assumptions underlying ICF in the light of modern pressures to put peopleâs psychological problems and complexities in to over simple categories, such as medical diagnosesâ¦ This is a book that should be a major reference text in all clinical and counselling psychology coursesâ¦"--Clinical Psychologist, August 2013
Table of Contents
1. Formulation-the Main Issues
Different Models of Case Formulation
"Good and Bad" Therapists
Case Formulation and the Medical Model
Reasoning about Individual Cases
1. Formulation-the Main Issues
2. Conceptual Frameworks for Case Formulation
Is a Therapistâs Competence Related to Therapeutic Success?
Has Progress Been Made in Psychotherapy?
A Framework for Describing Problems
Literal Description versus Interpretation/Hypothesis
Who Owns the Formulation: Therapist or Client?
A Common Language for Problem Description
How Do Therapists Acquire Their Skills?
Different Models of Formulation and Their Relationship to Intervention
Some Initial Proposals for ICF
3. Evidence-Based Practice: Diagnostic and Transdiagnostic Approaches
The Effect of Disorder-Specific Models on Practice
A Critique of Randomized Control Trials and Manuals as the Basis for Practice
Manuals as a Model for Routine Practice (MEBP)
Does MEBP Serve Best Practice or Other Purposes?
The Move Toward Transdiagnostic Models
4. Theory and Evidence in Individual Case Formulation
Arguments for Change Methods Based on Specific Theoretical Principles
Current Status of Individualized Approaches to Therapy
5. The Process of Reasoning in Individual Case Formulation
Ways of Learning about Single Individuals
Common Errors in Processing Information about Clients
Different Types of Logical Reasoning
6. Narrative and Textual Analysis in Formulation
Discourse: A Different Paradigm for Formulation?
The Inadequacy of Textual Analysis Alone
Constructing New Narratives and the Process of Formulation
Dialogical Sequence Analysis (Stiles et al., 2006)
A Narrative Approach to the Formulation of Obsessions (OâConnor, Aardema, & PÃ©lissier, 2005)
7. Formulation Skills and the Therapeutic Relationship
Correlational Research on Predictors of Outcome
What Accounts for Differences in Therapist Effectiveness?
8. A Functional/Systemic Framework for Case Formulation
Conventions for Producing a Functional Case Formulation Diagram
9. Future Prospects for Individual Case Formulation
Is "Good-Enough" Therapy Good Enough?
Training in Case Formulation
The Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice
The Future of Diagnostic-Led Formulation
The Trend Toward Positive Psychology
Guidelines for Assessment and Constructing an Individual Case Formulation (ICF)
Section B. Hypothesis-Driven Interviewing
Section C. Conventions for an ICF Diagram
Section D. Extended Assessment and ICF
Section E. Choice of Intervention: Revising the Formulation When an Intervention Fails