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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.

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

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 counsellor, Private Practice

Assessment and Case Formulation in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a must read book for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry. It is equally useful for experienced practitioners who might benefit from revisiting and reflecting on the many aspects of clinical practice that are covered in this very practical and comprehensive handbook.  Up to date and easy to read, Dr Van Rijn has drawn upon her extensive clinical experience in the field of counseling and psychotherapy, as a practitioner, trainer and supervisor as well as current research to illustrate and convey the various aspects of a good assessment. Based  within and drawn out from a relational perspective, this book takes the reader through the many aspects involved in assessment and case formulation, such as diagnosis, risk assessment, ethical considerations and accounting for difference and then, seamlessly through a series of case studies and questions, designed to help the reader reflect upon their work and to deepen their ability to conduct thorough assessments. This is a book I will be recommending to students and colleagues alike.

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

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
September 4, 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
June 24, 2015

Excellent, clear introductory text for students.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
June 19, 2015

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

Mrs Julie K Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
June 5, 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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