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Clinical Case Formulation: Varieties of Approaches

Peter Sturmey (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-03292-3
346 pages
November 2009
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Case formulation is a key skill for mental health practitioners, and this book provides examples of ten case formulations representing the most common mental health problems in a variety of populations and contexts, offering commentary on contrasting formulations of the same case.
  • Provides an overview of the general features of case formulation and how it can drive treatment
  • Features clinical cases from a variety of populations, focusing on a range of different problems
  • Covers all the major theoretical perspectives in clinical practice – behavioural, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, medical , and eclectic
  • Offers commentary on contrasting formulations of the same case for five different clinical problems
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Table of Contents

About the Editor.

List of Contributors.



1 Case Formulation: A Review and Overview of this Volume (Peter Sturmey).


2 Sally: A Case of Depression (Mari Brannigan and Christopher Williams).

3 Cognitive Formulation of Depression: Case of Sally (Cory F. Newman).

4 Behavioural Formulation of Depression: The Case of Sally (Carl W. Lejuez, Tyish S. Hall Brown, and Derek R. Hopko).

5 Commentary on Cognitive and Behavioural Formulations of Anxiety-Depression (Christopher J. Williams).


6 Zeppi: A Case of Psychosis (Anthony DiMech, David Kingdom, and Maged Swelam).

7 A Psychiatric Approach to Case Formulation (David A. Casey).

8 A Behavior Analytic Formulation of a Case of Psychosis (David A. Wilder).

9 Formulating Zeppi: A Commentary (Richard P. Bentall).


10 A Case of Eating Disorder: Antoinette Hilbert-Smith (Jonathon T. Newton).

11 A Formulation of the Case of Antoinette: A Multiperspective Approach (Priyanthy Weerasekera).

12 The Functional Analysis and Functional Analytic Clinical Case Formulation: A Case of Anorexia Nervosa (Raimo Lappalainen, Tero Timonen, and Stephen N. Haynes).

13 Commentary on Formulations of Eating Disorders (Myra Cooper).


14 A Case of Problematic Behavior in an Older Adult (Helen DeVries).

15 A Cognitive Analytic Formulation (Mark Dunn).

16 The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme: A Psychodynamic Formulation of the Case of Mrs. Lewis (Marna S. Barrett).

17 Commentary on Formulations of a Case of Problematic Behavior in an Older Adult (Kevin Howells and Laurence Jones).


18 A Case of Anger in a Person with Intellectual Disabilities (Betsey A. Benson).

19 A Psychodynamic Formulation (Nigel Beail and Tom Jackson).

20 A Cognitive-Behavioural Formulation of Anger in a Man with an Intellectual Disability (Paul Willner).

21 Commentary on Formulations of Anger in a Person with Intellectual Disabilities (Robert Didden).


22 Contemporary Themes in Case Formulation (Tracey D. Eells).


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Author Information

Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at Queens College, and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published extensively on behavioural approaches to case formulation, developmental disabilities, and behaviour analytic approaches to training staff and parents in evidence-based practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders. His main research interests are staff and parent training, developmental disabilities, and applied behaviour analysis, including applications to clinical psychology.
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"This volume provides examples of case formulations representing the most common mental health problems. Each case is described, and then followed by two contrasting formulations and a commentary from a different perspective. These examples provide readers with clear models of case formulations, and highlight the different constructs and world views that characterize alternate theoretical approaches to case formulation." (Book News, December 2009)
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