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Case Conceptualization


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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.

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Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is a Professor at Florida Atlantic University, USA. He has taught and written about case conceptualization for 35 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, USA. He teaches, writes, and researches case conceptualization, and conducts workshops on it worldwide.


"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.

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