Formulation remains one of the most important activities that those using psychological approaches undertake as part of their work. Arguably, however, formulation is an activity that remains poorly understood. In a current climate demanding quick fix solutions there is a tendency, which the authors refuse, towards over-simplification. Instead this book sets out to explore the challenging complexity of psychological formulation. By drawing on a wide range of sources from psychology and the arts the authors find ways to honour the stories clients tell yet offer key psychological insights to facilitate change. They provide a clear guide to enable the reader to think about the purpose of their work with clients, the perspectives which inform it and the process used to ensure effective outcomes. The chapters, supported by exercises on key issues, examine key debates on the role of formulation in professional practice, a framework for developing a systematic approach to formulation and a detailed account of the purpose, perspective and process of formulation.
Table of Contents
Prologue -- Introduction -- Unique -- Formulation: An Introduction to Key Debates and a Framework for Developing a Systematic Approach -- Case formulation and its role in professional practice -- A framework for formulation: purpose, perspective, and process -- Working with Purpose, Perspective, and Process: Elaborating the Framework to Enhance Your Approach -- Defining the purpose of the enquiry -- Identifying the perspective that informs the journey -- Devising a process that is fit for purpose -- The Many Facets of Formulation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective -- Introducing our guest contributors -- Case formulation: the dilemmas posed by child sex offenders -- Every child does matter: preventing school exclusion through the Common Assessment Framework -- The role of formulation in cognitive-behaviour therapy: a concept hidden in plain view? -- Existential formulations of therapeutic practice -- What story are you in? Four elements of a narrative approach to formulation in coaching -- Fabricating fictions, telling tales -- Acting as narrative -- Understanding character: an actor’s approach to formulation -- Implications for the Future -- Creating stories for complex times -- Conclusion -- Epilogue