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Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Biljana van Rijn
eISBN-13: 9781473911635

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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.

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ISBNs 9781446269794, 9781446269794, 9781446299517, 9781473911635, 147391163X
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Edition 1st