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Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation

2nd Edition

Edited by Tracy D. Eells

© 2007 – Guilford Press

448 pages

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About the Book

This indispensable practitioner guide and text serves as a comprehensive primer on case formulation within all of the major therapeutic approaches. Prominent experts offer step-by-step guidelines for developing strong formulations and putting them to use in day-to-day practice. The chapters follow a standard format to allow comparison across models. Coverage includes the conceptual and empirical underpinnings of each approach, the relationship of case formulation to therapeutic technique, issues in treating clients from different backgrounds and with different types of presenting problems, and training resources. Illustrative case material and user-friendly examples of completed formulations are featured throughout.


"Case formulation is a necessary component of treatment planning, yet it often has been overlooked in the literature. This volume sets a standard for the field. Clear and accessible, the book is written and edited by leading authorities, and can be used both in graduate classes and by professionals. The reader will come away with a better understanding of what case formulation is and why and how to do it." - Clara E. Hill, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

"Eells has produced a volume that is both theoretically grounded and practical, and that will help students and professionals explore a variety of models and approaches. If you want the best of current thinking about case conceptualization, there is no better volume to own." - Steven C. Hayes, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, USA

"The strengths of this book are its organization and coverage. It provides complete examples of case formulation and addresses multicultural considerations. Eells has also included material that provides a critical analysis of the various presentations and of the field at large. Eells has significantly advanced the ball with this work." - J. Christopher Muran, Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. Eells, History and Current Status of Psychotherapy Case Formulation. Ridley, Kelly, Multicultural Considerations in Case Formulation. Part II: Structured Case Formulation Methods. Messer, Wolitzky, The Psychoanalytic Approach to Case Formulation. Luborsky, Barrett, The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme: A Basic Case Formulation Method. Horowitz, Eells, Configurational Analysis: States of Mind, Person Schemas, and the Control of Ideas and Affect. Levenson, Strupp, Cyclical Maladaptive Patterns: Case Formulation in Time-limited Dynamic Psychotherapy. Curtis, Silberschatz, The Plan Formulation Method. Markowitz, Swartz, Case Formulation in Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Depression. Caspar, Plan Analysis. Persons, Tompkins, Cognitive-Behavioral Case Formulation. Koerner, Case Formulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. A. M. Nezu, C. M. Nezu, Cos, Case Formulation for the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: A Problem-solving Perspective. Greenberg, Goldman, Case Formulation in Emotion-focused Therapy. Eells, Comparing the Methods: Where is the Common Ground?

About the Editor

Edited by Tracy D. Eells, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville, USA

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