Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation, Second Edition by Tracy D. Eells

By Tracy D. Eells

This crucial practitioner advisor and textual content serves as a finished primer on case formula inside all the significant healing methods. favorite specialists provide step by step directions for constructing powerful formulations and placing them to exploit in day by day perform. The chapters persist with a typical layout to permit comparability throughout types. assurance comprises the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of every process, the connection of case formula to healing process, concerns in treating consumers from varied backgrounds and with types of providing difficulties, and coaching assets. Illustrative case fabric and straightforward examples of accomplished formulations are featured throughout.

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One reason may be a tendency among many clinical psychologists to see psychotherapy and psychometric assessment as separate, and perhaps incompatible, enterprises. , Bersoff, 1973; Hayes, Nelson, & Jarrett, 1987; Korchin & Schuldberg, 1981; Meehl, 1958). , 1987). What are the potential contributions of psychometrics and psychometric thinking to psychotherapy case formulation? First is the use of validated personality and symptom measures themselves in the case formulation process. As the reader of this volume will see, several authors routinely use symptom measures as part of their case formulation method.

Is unnecessary for [client-centered] psychotherapy, and may actually be detrimental to the therapeutic process” (p. 220). Rogers was concerned that formulation places the therapist in a “one up” position in relation to the client and may introduce an unhealthy dependency into the therapy relationship, thus impeding a client’s efforts to assume responsibility for solving his or her own problems. In Rogers’s (1951) words, “There is a degree of loss of personhood as the individual acquires the belief that only the expert can accurately evaluate him, and that therefore the measure of his personal worth lies in the hands of another” (p.

Lucas, C. (2005). The quality of psychotherapy case formulations: A comparison of expert, experienced, and novice cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapists. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 579–589. Eells, T. , Lombart, K. , Kendjelic, E. , Turner, L. , & Lucas, C. (in press). The quality of psychotherapy case formulations: A comparison of expert, experienced, and novice cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapists. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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