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Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

December 2014 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is a thorough and well-structured piece of work, which brings in the recent work of excellent authorities such as Barbara Ingram. It is well arranged, with many examples and case vignettes, which bring the material to life in an engaging way. I enjoyed reading it, and would recommend it unreservedly.’

John Rowan, humanistic therapist, private practice


‘This is a must-read book for students on courses in counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry.’

Heather Fowlie, Head of the Transactional Analysis Department, Metanoia Institute, London


Conducting a competent assessment and case formulation can be a daunting task for trainee therapists engaging in clinical assessment for the first time. This book is designed to help, by unpicking the many aspects involved in assessment and case formulation across modalities, practice settings and client groups.


The book:

·         Explores key elements of clinical assessment including diagnosis, risk assessment, ethical considerations and accounting for difference.

·         Highlights the necessary skills, techniques and legal requirements at each stage of the process.

·         Takes into account the impact of culture, context and theoretical and practical considerations.

·         Uses case studies and reflective questions to illustrate difficult concepts in context.


Equipping you with the knowledge and tools to make successful assessments and case formulations, this is an essential read for trainees and for qualified practitioners wishing to brush up on their understanding.


Dr Biljana van Rijn, Faculty Head of Applied Research and Clinical Practice, Metanoia Institute.

What is assessment?
Assessment structure and skills
Case formulation
Risk assessment
Impact of culture and issues of difference
Ethical considerations
Concluding remarks

This book was a little too advanced for a level 4 course

Mrs Julie K Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
August 19, 2015

A brief overview of assessment for counselling and psychotherapy students. The core elements are covered with plenty of case study examples and points for personal reflection or for supervision. This book supports the more in depth course material you would expect for counsellors working in a variety of settings.

Mr Mike Lawley
Person Centred Department, Metanoia Institute
May 18, 2015

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