Case Formulation Workshop

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

7 CPD hours

Course Brief

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The course lays a great deal of emphasis on the practical application of case formulation to both case studies and/or delegates own cases.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

Case Formulation is the generation of “…a hypothesis about the nature of [the client’s] psychological difficulty (or difficulties) underlying the problems on the [client]’s problem list“ (Persons 1989). The generation of case formulations is a key skill highlighted within a range of therapeutic modalities from CBT to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and is highly praised by a range of different professional bodies as a key psychotherapeutic skill. Formulations form the basis of both collaboration and the direction for therapy without which therapy can become formulaic or misguided. This one day course explores the key components of CBT Case Formulation, along with options and areas of controversy.

The day lays a great deal of emphasis on the practical application of case formulation to both case studies and/or delegates own cases.

Delegates will find their practice invigorated and enhanced by the training day and will discover the quality and outcomes of their work improved as a result.

Issues covered include:

  • The purposes of case formulation
  • Different types of formulation
  • “Off-the-shelf” RCT driven formulations
  • Idiographic formulations
  • Lower and deeper level formulations (developmental vs. maintenance)
  • Pathology based formulations vs. Outcome based formulations
  • Incorporating client strengths
  • Incorporating alternative core beliefs
  • Testing out whether a formulation is accurate
  • Problems with case formulations
  • Application of case formulations to different cases

Case Formulation Workshop can be taken as an independent stand-alone course, or as a module of the following Diplomas/Certificates:

Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. He is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or clinical lead for over 34 psychotherapy training films, an author of 2 books and, as a Director of SDS Seminars Ltd, he commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist, and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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