Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning for Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide

Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning for Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide

Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning for Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide

Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning for Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide

Synopsis

In spite of the theoretical knowledge of diagnosis and assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning imparted by their course instructors, most students are confused about the interrelationships of these processes in practice and are unable to apply what they have learned to the solution of thorny client problems. This book is designed to bridge the gap between classroom and clinic. In pragmatic fashion it walks beginners through the strategies needed to work with adults in outpatient settings and answers the questions they most frequently ask their clinical supervisors at the outset of their clinical apprenticeships. Three chapters succinctly summarize the crucial general information and skills that must be reflected in a clinician's approach to any client. Then, following a standard format that facilitates understanding and comparison, experts describe specific disorders one by one and present their own illustrative cases to point the way to effective targeting. Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning for Adults will be an indispensable guide for mental health professionals in training who are facing their first assignments with clients.

Excerpt

This textbook is designed to teach beginning therapists the applied process of using the results of assessments to formulate a diagnosis, develop a conceptualization, and make plans for treatment. Excellent textbooks teach practical aspects of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, but few walk students through the entire process. in addition, few offer specifics on how to develop a case conceptualization, although conceptualization plays a pivotal role in moving from assessment to treatment planning. Therefore, the text presents a general model of conceptualization (Table 1.1) and demonstrates use of the model through case examples. Students learn not only a clear method for developing case conceptualizations, but also important differences in conceptualizations across different diagnostic groups. the enormous body of research on the characteristics and etiology of each diagnostic group, such as depression, cannot be ignored in developing an individual case conceptualization. Although all clients have unique presentations and stories, knowledge about their diagnostic group can provide important guidelines for viewing each.

What is case CONCEPTUALIZATION?

Case conceptualization explains the nature of a client's problems and how he or she came to have them. As Berman (1997') states, you must explain “what the client is like as well as theoretical hypotheses for why the client is like this” (p. xi). Other terms used for this concept are formulation or working hypothesis.

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