Book recommendations for formulation

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Book recommendations for formulation

Post by Natellie123 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:11 pm

Hiya

I am toying between buying Johnstone and Dallos formulation in psychology and psychotherapy or Eells Handbook of psychotherapy case formulation. Any recommendations?

Thanks :)

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Re: Book recommendations for formulation

Post by Gilly » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:34 pm

depends on what your level of prior knowledge is - the Johnstone one is really rather basic, but it gives a decent introduction to different formulation types and covers the early stage basics, and the second edition has an extra chapter on team formulation, but I think you can grow past it quickly.

The Eels one is less useful from memory - its got a lot of stuff in it which isnt as useful clinically (someone else may have to offer more on this!) and is really rather dated - I wouldn't really recommend.

So, Johnstone and Dallos imoho, with the provision that its a book that you may grow out of quite quickly once you begin using formulation more regularly. Does that make sense?
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Re: Book recommendations for formulation

Post by reefflex » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:43 pm

I am not a fan of the johnstone book, but I have found the Hallam book to be really good:

Hallam (2013) Individual case formulation. Academic press.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Individual-Form ... 0123982693

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Re: Book recommendations for formulation

Post by sv650biker » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:01 pm

Natellie123 wrote:Hiya

I am toying between buying Johnstone and Dallos formulation in psychology and psychotherapy or Eells Handbook of psychotherapy case formulation. Any recommendations?

Thanks :)
What is your level of knowledge with regards to formulation? Are you looking for a whistle-stop tour on the different ways of formulating or do you want something a bit more in depth?

I have the older copy of the Johnstone book and felt it offered me a much better introduction to what formulation was all about and I felt it equipped me with some ideas as to how to go about formulating with some of my own cases.

I didn't like the eells book as I felt it didn't really fit with how I worked. Part 2 covered the following approaches: psychoanalytic approach, core conflictual relationship theme, configurational analysis, cyclical maladaptive patterns and the plan formulation method. It then covered a case formulation in the following approaches: IPT, CBT, DBT and emotion focused therapy.

I really liked this book but it speaks from a CBT perspective only. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Assessment-Form ... GMMT9VBZ8Y

Hope that helps!

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Re: Book recommendations for formulation

Post by Ruthie » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:00 pm

It's specifically CBT based formulation but Collaborative Case Conceptualisation is good for looking at different levels of formulation and how to do it with people in a collaborative way.

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Re: Book recommendations for formulation

Post by hettie » Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:44 pm

I can second the recomendation for "collaborative case conceptualisation".... on another note my supervisees often ask me about formulation...hwo to do it, how they can learn how to do it... I have run training sessions on it, but always stress that it is a skill that improves with doing it...Read the books, get practising and start runnign them past your supervisor.

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