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The case formulation process in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is best described as a “… hypothesis about the causes, precipitants, and maintaining influences of a person’s psychological, interpersonal, and behavioural problems. A case formulation helps organize often complex and contradictory information about a person. It should serve as a blueprint guiding treatment, as a marker for change, as a structure for enabling the therapist to understand the patient better. A case formulation should also help the therapist anticipate therapy-interfering behaviours and experience greater empathy for the patient … broadly, a psychotherapy case formulation also includes descriptive information on which the hypothesis is based and prescriptive recommendations that flow from the hypothesis.” (Page & Stritzke, 2006, p. 60). The following is a graphical presentation of all the elements to consider in the CF process (Abbas, Walton, Johnston, & Chikoore, 2011, p. 142). It is a bridge between assessment and treatment planning. Treatment outcomes are continuously monitored and fed back to adjust the process where required.

Integrated Case Formulation Approach - Abbas et al - 2011

References

Abbas, M., Walton, R., Johnston, A., Chikoore, M. (2011). Evaluation of teaching an integrated case formulation approach on the quality of case formulations: Randomized controlled trial. The Psychiatrist, 36, 140-145. DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.110.033746

Page, A. C., & Stritzke, W. G. K. (2006). Clinical psychology for trainees: Foundations of science-informed practice. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

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Joan Swart, PsyD

Joan Swart, PsyD

Forensic Psychologist | Business Developer at Open Forest LLC
Joan is a forensic psychologist, lecturer, and author of “Treating Adolescents with Family-Based Mindfulness” published by Springer in 2015 and “Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook” published by CRC Press in 2016. She is a business developer at Open Forest LLC. Open Forest LLC provides online psychoeducation and self-help programs aimed at improving many conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mindfulness.
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