Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy

Making sense of people's problems, 2nd Edition

By Lucy Johnstone, Rudi Dallos

© 2013 – Routledge

300 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The first edition of Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy caught the wave of growing interest in formulation in a clinical context. This completely updated and revised edition summarises recent practice, research, developments and debates while retaining the features that made the first a leading text in the field. It contains new chapters on personal construct formulation, formulation in health settings, and the innovative practice of using formulation in teams.

The book sees formulation as a dynamic process which explores personal meaning collaboratively and reflectively, taking account of relational and social contexts. Two case studies, one adult and one child, illustrate the use of formulation from the perspectives of expert clinicians from six different theoretical positions. The book encourages the reader to take a constructively critical perspective on the many philosophical, professional and ethical debates raised by the process of formulating people’s problems. Among the issues explored are:

The social and political context of formulation

Formulation in relation to psychiatric diagnosis

The limitations of formulation

Controversies and debates about formulation

This readable and comprehensive guide to the field provides a clear, up to date and thought-provoking overview of formulation from a number of perspectives, essential for clinicians working in all areas of mental health and social care, psychology, therapy and counselling.


Praise for the first edition:

'Essential reading for students and trainees as well as qualified professionals. It demonstrates the richness of ideas which psychologists and therapists contribute to their understanding of clients' problems as well as confronting the complex issues arising from the idea of formulation itself.'

– Mary Boyle, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, University of East London

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Contributors. Johnstone & Dallos, Introduction to Formulation. Dudley & Kuyken, Case Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Principle-driven Approach. Leiper, Psychodynamic Formulation: Looking Beneath the Surface. Dallos & Stedmon, Systemic Formulation: Mapping the Family Dance. Harper & Spellman, Formulation & Narrative Therapy: Telling a Different Story. McLelland, Reformulating the Impact of Social Inequalities: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. Winter & Procter, Formulation in Personal and Relational Construct Psychology: Seeing the World Through Clients’ Eyes. Dallos, Stedmon & Johnstone, Integrative Formulation in Theory. Dallos & Stedmon, Integrative Formulation in Practice: A Dynamic, Multi-level Approach. Using Formulation in teams. Using Integrative Formulation in Health Settings. Controversies and Debates about Formulation.

About the Authors

Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist and a former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate. She has worked in adult mental health settings for many years.

Rudi Dallos is the Research Director on the Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Plymouth. He also works as a clinical psychologist specialising in work with adolescents and their families.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology