A method of teaching psychodynamic case formulation

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Ivey, Gavin ORCID: 0000-0002-5537-3504 (2006) A method of teaching psychodynamic case formulation. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43 (3). pp. 322-336. ISSN 0033-3204


In light of the paucity of literature discussing the systematic instruction of trainee psychologists in psychodynamic case formulation, the author introduces an eight-step method for teaching the theory and application of psychodynamic case formulation. The method involves clarifying the nature of psychodynamic formulations, outlining the characteristics of competent formulations, presenting a conceptually simple structure for organizing case material, exposing trainees to carefully selected written and video-recorded cases, and getting trainees to use their subjective responses to video-recorded initial clinical interviews as a source of useful hypotheses. A case study from the literature is used to demonstrate this formu- lation methodology. The paper concludes with a discussion of both the prerequisites for, and characteristics of, competent case formulation

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3006
DOI 10.1037/0033-3204.43.3.322
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Keywords ResPubID19124, psychodynamic, case formation, treatment plan
Citations in Scopus 16 - View on Scopus
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