1st Edition

Case Formulation in Contemporary Psychotherapy Decoding the Conscious and Preconscious Transactions between Therapist, Patient and Supervisor

By Robert Mendelsohn Copyright 2024
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    Case Formulation in Contemporary Psychotherapy presents a new approach to case conceptualization and case formulation, making meaning from each clinical case and using every piece of data available.

    Robert Mendelsohn explains his core basic principles for case formulation, allowing the clinician to assess a case quickly and accurately. This book includes a discussion of the contributions of transference and countertransference, inducement and enactment, as well as the use of paradigmatic techniques, humor, and language. The processes presented, alongside vignettes illustrating their use, will allow clinicians to decode the meaning of all clinical interaction and to communicate that meaning in a helpful way to students and patients.

    Providing a new way to access a full range of conscious and preconscious clinical information, Case Formulation in Contemporary Psychotherapy will be essential reading for mental health professionals including psychotherapists and psychodynamic and psychoanalytic clinicians in practice and in training. It will also be of great interest to students of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

    Foreword by Robert F. Bornstein




    Chapter 1

    The History of Case Formulation and Treatment Planning; From Freud (1918) to W. Reich, (1946) From Reich to T. Reik, (1948, 1959) from Reik to Bion, (1962, 1976) and Winnicott, (1960, 1971) to Billow & Mendelsohn, (1990)

    Chapter 2

    The Fourteen Clinical Processes Involved in My Approach to Case Formulation including: Countertransference, Inducement, Enactment, Projective Identification, Gratuitous Remarks, The Clinical Use of Many Processes Including Paradigmatic Techniques (And ’My Technical Use of My ‘Sense of Humor’)

    Chapter 3

    Early Clinical Examples of My Knowing Without Consciously Knowing What I Unconsciously Knew

    Chapter 4

    What Is Parallel Process and How Does It Enrich Our Understanding of Psychodynamic Case Formulation and the Preconscious Transmission of Clinical Data?

    Chapter 5

    Magical Processes in Psychotherapy and The Magic of Dream Interpretation

    Chapter 6

    Magical Processes in Case Consultation, Case Formulation and Treatment Planning

    Chapter 7

    Conclusion: Creating A Space for Magic to Occur/Teaching the Magic to Others

    About The Author


    Robert Mendelsohn (Ph.D., ABPP) is Professor of Psychology and former Dean at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology of Adelphi University, USA. He has been teaching psychodynamic psychotherapy to mental health professionals for almost 50 years.

    "A professor's professor, Dr. Mendelsohn brings one of his legendary courses to the world outside of his beloved school. With this book, he extends Theodore Reik's legacy and provides a contemporary psychoanalytic guide to case formulation and treatment planning that is at once practical and magical." J. Christopher Muran, Ph.D., Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University; Mount Sinai Beth Israel Psychotherapy Research Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York University

    "Robert Mendelsohn is a teacher and clinician par excellence, having taught clinical psychology at Adelphi University for five decades. Read this book and learn from a clinician who is a master at formulating the client’s problems and showing us how to solve them!" Jacques Barber, Dean, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, New York