This is the type of book instructors, trainees, and clinicians need-a short text that demystifies the case conceptualization process and provides a streamlined method for learning and mastering this competency. It presents an integrative model for conceptualizing cases, dispels common myths about case conceptualization, and provides straightforward guidelines and strategies for mastering this essential competency.
Writing clinically useful case conceptualizations is no longer optional today, and this training guide is the only resource you will need to increase your expertise and incorporate this competency in professional practice. Five detailed clinical case studies are referred to throughout the book, and exercises are presented at the end of the last five chapters to help readers in deriving Cognitive-Behavioral, Dynamic, Solution-Focused, Biopsychosocial, and Adlerian case conceptualizations from an integrative assessment. Drs. Len and Jonathan Sperry also address cultural sensitivity and offer guidelines for developing cultural conceptualizations and selecting culturally-sensitive treatments. All techniques are easy to understand and use, ensuring that readers will master this competency and feel confident applying it to difficult cases.
About the Authors:
Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has practiced and researched psychotherapy for four decades and has taught courses, led workshops, and written about case conceptualizations for the past 25 years. He has published 60 professional books, including one of the first on case conceptualization,Psychiatric Case Formulations.
Jonathan Sperry, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed mental health counselor with a Ph.D. in Counseling. He is both a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services and an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. He teaches graduate courses in psychotherapy techniques with an emphasis on case conceptualization, and he has coauthored book chapters on psychotherapy and psychopathology, on intimacy and infidelity, and on psychological and spiritual well-being.