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Case Conceptualization

Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence, 2nd Edition

By Len Sperry, Jon Sperry


235 pages

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Integrating recent research and developments in the field, this revised second edition introduces an easy-to-master strategy for developing and writing culturally sensitive case conceptualizations and treatment plans.

Concrete guidelines and updated case material are provided for developing conceptualizations for the five most common therapy models: CBT, psychodynamic, biopsychosocial, Adlerian, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Chapters also include specific exercises and activities for mastering case conceptualization and related competencies and skills. Also new to this edition is a chapter on couple and family case conceptualizations, and an emphasis throughout on trauma.

Practitioners, as well as graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology, will gain the essential skills and knowledge they need to master case conceptualizations.   


"Many of us were drawn the helping professions because we had some basic relational skills. The challenge in counseling and psychotherapy is moving these initial skills into competent, professional practice.  The first edition in 2012 became the book to use in pre-practicum and practicum, as an evaluation matrix for internships, and most importantly, as a guide for post-graduate practice in the field. The second edition adds important applications like couple and families, adolescents and young adults, and DBT and ACT. As a counselor educator, this is one of those rare books that I will be used in multiple courses to reinforce the learning of the central, professional aspects of our work."

James Robert Bitter, EdD, Professor of Counseling and Human Services, East Tennessee State University.

"…fills the gap between the consensus view among experts in psychotherapy that case conceptualization competency is an essential skill, and the relative lack of formal training to assist therapists gain competence….I commend the authors on their book and urge anyone interested in learning case conceptualization or honing their case conceptualization skills to study it well."

From the Foreword. Tracy D. Eells, PhD, University of Louisville .

While the first edition of Case Conceptualization was recognized as the best training tool for learning this indispensable clinical skill, this revised edition is even better! The authors have made it not only more clinically useful but also enjoyable to read. Packed with case studies, commentaries, worksheets, and guidelines, it will continue to be the go-to text for students and practitioners.

Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, adjunct professor, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to the Chapters in Part I; 1. Case Conceptualizations: An Overview; 2. Assessment and Diagnostic Formulations; 3. Explanations and Clinical and Cultural Formulations; 4. Treatment Planning and Treatment Formulations; 5. Case Conceptualizations: Individual, Couple, and Family; Part II: Introduction to the Chapters in Part II; 6. Biopsychosocial Case Conceptualizations; 7. Cognitive Behavioral Case Conceptualizations; 8. Dynamic Case Conceptualizations; 9. Adlerian Case Conceptualizations;10. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Case Conceptualizations.



About the Authors

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is a professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has taught and written about case conceptualization for 30+ years. His research team has completed eight studies on case conceptualization.

Jon Sperry, PhD, is an associate professor of clinical mental health counseling at Lynn University. He teaches, writes, and researches case conceptualization, as well as conducts workshops on it world-wide.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health