Formulation remains one of the most important activities that those using psychological approaches undertake as part of their work. Arguably, however, formulation is an activity that remains poorly understood. In a current climate demanding quick fix solutions there is a tendency, which the authors refuse, towards over-simplification. Instead this book sets out to explore the challenging complexity of psychological formulation.
By drawing on a wide range of sources from psychology and the arts the authors find ways to honour the stories clients tell yet offer key psychological insights to facilitate change. They provide a clear guide to enable the reader to think about the purpose of their work with clients, the perspectives which inform it and the process used to ensure effective outcomes.
The chapters, supported by exercises on key issues, examine key debates on the role of formulation in professional practice, a framework for developing a systematic approach to formulation and a detailed account of the purpose, perspective and process of formulation. Guest contributions are included from various fields of practice including: clinical, coaching, educational, forensic, occupational, and from the arts.
The book will enable all practitioners (whatever the stage of their career) who need to work with client stories to find new ways to enhance their practice.
PART ONE: Formulation: An Introduction to Key Debates and a Framework for Developing a Systematic Approach
PART TWO: Working with Purpose, Perspective and Process: Elaborating the Framework to Enhance your Approach
PART THREE: The Many Facets of Formulation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
PART FOUR: Implications for the Future
About the Authors:
Sarah Corrie is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Clinical Psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey. Recipient of the Professors Newstead and Gale Prize in recognition of “an exceptionally high standard of attainment in examination and course work”, she then went on to her obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology with Canterbury Christchurch College before completing her post-doctoral training in cognitive behaviour therapy at the University of Oxford
Sarah has extensive experience in both public and private sector services and runs her own practice as well as working as a freelance writer, trainer and lecturer. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy offered by Royal Holloway University of London and Central and North West London Foundation Trust. She has extensive experience in supervising, training and lecturing practitioners in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and counselling. Sarah is also a member of faculty of the Professional Development Foundation.
Sarah has a background in the performing arts and has maintained involvement through her membership with Equity and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
David Lane is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the Professional Development Foundation. He is a recipient of the Senior Award of the Counselling Psychology Division (British Psychological Society) for “outstanding scientific contribution”.