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Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

December 2014 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is a thorough and well-structured piece of work, which brings in the recent work of excellent authorities such as Barbara Ingram. It is well arranged, with many examples and case vignettes, which bring the material to life in an engaging way. I enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it unreservedly.’

John Rowan, humanistic therapist, private practice


‘This is a must-read book for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry.’

Heather Fowlie, Head of the Transactional Analysis Department, Metanoia Institute, London


Conducting a competent assessment and case formulation can be a daunting task for trainee therapists engaging in clinical assessment for the first time. This book is designed to help, by unpicking the many aspects involved in assessment and case formulation across modalities, practice settings and client groups.


The book:

·         Explores key elements of clinical assessment including diagnosis, risk assessment, ethical considerations and accounting for difference.

·         Highlights the necessary skills, techniques and legal requirements at each stage of the process.

·         Takes into account the impact of culture, context and theoretical and practical considerations.

·         Uses case studies and reflective questions to illustrate difficult concepts in context.


Equipping you with the knowledge and tools to make successful assessments and case formulations, this is an essential read for trainees and for qualified practitioners wishing to brush up on their understanding.


Dr Biljana van Rijn, Faculty Head of Applied Research and Clinical Practice, Metanoia Institute.

What is assessment?
Assessment structure and skills
Case formulation
Risk assessment
Impact of culture and issues of difference
Ethical considerations
Concluding remarks

Clear and concise. Helpful chapter on assessment used as core reading for that subject.

Mrs Ruth Roberts
Psychology & Counselling, Newman University
September 3, 2021

Another very good title in the "Essential Issues" series. Written in an accessible style that makes it appealing for introductory students.

Dr Sanjay Joban
Department of Psychology, Westminster University
February 18, 2020

The book takes a refreshing look at issues in assessment and formulation taking account of a range of theoretical perspectives. A useful book for the trainee, newly qualified and experienced practitioner.

Mr John Andrew James Dixon
Health , Stockton Riverside College
March 15, 2016

A great intoduction to case assessment and case formulation. Very useful, and laid out in an intelligent manner.

Mr Max Eames
School of Psychology, University of East London
September 4, 2015

An excellent insight into assessment and case formulation for the student.

Mrs Jade Mullen
Counselling and Psychotherapy, PCI College
October 1, 2015

Assessment and formulation are key skills in counselling psychology and this book offers students a good basic outline of the concepts discussed in lectures within the BSc Counselling Psychology course.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Psychology Department, Worcester University
September 4, 2015

A very concise overview that foundation students will benefit from in understanding the assessments process.

Ms Amanda Stewart-Harries
Health and Social Care, Guildford College
August 12, 2015

Excellent, clear introductory text for students.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
February 4, 2016

This book was a little too advanced for a level 4 course

Mrs Julie K Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
August 19, 2015

A brief overview of assessment for counselling and psychotherapy students. The core elements are covered with plenty of case study examples and points for personal reflection or for supervision. This book supports the more in depth course material you would expect for counsellors working in a variety of settings.

Mr Mike Lawley
Person Centred Department, Metanoia Institute
May 18, 2015

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