Case Formulation for Personality Disorders - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128135211

Case Formulation for Personality Disorders

1st Edition

Tailoring Psychotherapy to the Individual Client

Editors: Ueli Kramer
Paperback ISBN: 9780128135211
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2019
Page Count: 450
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Case Formulation for Personality Disorders provides clinical guidance on how to build effective treatment plans for patients presenting with personality disorders. Anchored within a disorder-specific approach, the present volume reviews the evidence base of case formulation methodology. The book takes an integrative and differentiated approach to case formulation, with multiple methods of case formulation, all specifically adapted to the psychotherapy of personality disorders, illustrated with many case examples.

Key Features

  • Provides individualized assessment and measurement in practice
  • Uses 18 case formulation methods for treating personality disorders
  • Identifies evidence-based effective treatment
  • Includes real life case examples


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists; students in clinical psychology and psychotherapy; academic researchers

Table of Contents

Case Formulation in Personality Disorders; Case Formulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Case Formulation in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy; Case Formulation in Mentalization-Based Therapy; Case Formulation in Schematherapy; Case Formulation in General Psychiatric Management; Case Formulation in Cognitive Analytic Therapy; Dual Action Regulation Case Formulation; Interpersonal Diagnosis as Integrative Practice; Individualizing Treatments Using Plan Analysis and the Motive-Oriented Therapeutic Relationship; Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis; The Use of Relationship Processes for Case Formulation in Personality Disorders; The Process Perspective on Case Formulation in Personality Disorders; Case Formulations in Forensic Settings; Case Formulation in Interpersonal Reconstructive Psychotherapy; Case-Formulation in Cognitive-Behavioral Formulation; Case Formulation in Personality Disorders; Case Formulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Case Formulation in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy


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About the Editor

Ueli Kramer

Ueli Kramer, PhD, is Privat-Docent, psychotherapy researcher and clinical psychotherapist according to Federal Law, at the Department of Psychiatry (Institute of Psychotherapy and General Psychiatry Service), University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds an adjunct appointment at the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Canada. His research focuses on process and outcome in psychotherapy, in particular the mechanisms of change in treatments of personality disorders and case formulation in personality disorders. He is a broadly trained clinician, working from an integrative psychotherapy perspective. He serves on the editorial board of Psychotherapy Research, Journal of Personality Disorders, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, among others. Dr. Kramer is the co-recipient of the 2015 Inger Salling Award, the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, of the 2016 Hamburg Award for Personality Disorders and of the 2018 Marvin Goldfried New Researcher Award of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lausanne, Switzerland and University of Windsor, Canada


"The effective treatment of personality pathology necessitates a thoughtful case conceptualization. Dr. Kramer has brought together an outstanding group of clinicians to demonstrate this essential task by providing real-life examples of how to operationalize this complex process in practice. Not only will this volume be of immediate practical use to clinicians, but it will also stimulate important cross-talk between different theoretical orientations thereby stimulating research. " --Carla Sharp, University of Houston

"The contents of this outstanding volume lie at the crossroads of some of the most important trends in psychotherapy research and practice today. These include case formulation and its impact on the treatment of personality disorders; the curative elements of the therapeutic relationship with such clients; and rigorous, individualized case study. I recommend enthusiastically this very well crafted and superbly edited compendium to clinicians and researchers of all theoretical stripes." --Stanley B. Messer, Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

"Case formulation is crucial for effective treatment of personality disorder that is gaining significance with the emergence of trans-diagnostic and transtheoretical treatment models. This valuable compendium of how case formulation is approached from diverse perspectives contains all the ingredients clinicians need to construct an approach that will enhance their practice while also meeting their style and conceptual orientation."--John Livesley, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

"This singular addition to the case formulation literature will be of particular interest to therapists treating those with personality disorders. Replete with case examples, it offers a wide variety of perspectives to understand and tailor interventions aimed at helping the most challenging individuals we treat."--Tracy D. Eells, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

"How to bridge the gap from empirical evidence to clinical practice in psychotherapy – particularly when it comes to personality disorders?  This excellent volume elegantly adopts a much needed, multireferential and patient focused approach and demonstrates that the success of the implementation of evidence-based treatments hinges on a carefully formulated case and treatment plan. A must-read for clinicians and scientists working with this population!"--Martin Bohus, Scientific Director Institut of Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health; Medical Faculty Mannheim; Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

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