International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Hong Kong 2014

The Case Formulation Approach to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Jacqueline B. Persons

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center, Oakland, CA and University of California at Berkeley

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This workshop is offered in Hong Kong for the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, June 22 – 25, 2014.

The cognitive-behavior therapist who is striving to provide evidence-based care confronts many obstacles, including patients who have multiple disorders and seem to need multiple empirically-supported therapies (ESTs), patients who fail to comply with or benefit from the ESTs, and those who have problems for which no ESTs are available. One solution to these challenges is the case formulation approach to cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). In case formulation-driven CBT, the therapist develops a formulation about the factors that cause and maintain the patient’s symptoms, problems, and disorders; uses the formulation to guide treatment; and collects data to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. In this workshop, Dr. Persons briefly describes the conceptual model underpinning the case formulation-driven approach to CBT, and spends most of the workshop providing hands-on training in the skills of developing and using a case formulation to guide treatment, and monitoring the patient’s progress in treatment. Dr. Persons presents tools and strategies for developing formulations at the level of the case, the disorder, and the symptom, and she describes and illustrates using these formulations to guide treatment. She provides skills and tools that help the therapist monitor the patient’s progress in therapy. Teaching methods include lecture, video and audio demonstration, and practice exercises. Dr. Persons provides numerous handouts and forms.

A Master Clinician Session on Developing and Using a Case Formulation to Guide Treatment

Jacqueline B. Persons

Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center, Oakland, CA and University of California at Berkeley

This master clinician session is offered in Hong Kong for the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, June 22 – 25, 2014.

A case formulation identifies a particular patient’s symptoms, problems, and disorders, and proposes some hypotheses about psychological mechanisms (e.g., distorted beliefs, intolerance of uncertainty, perfectionism) that cause and maintain the problems. The formulation guides intervention and other clinical decision-making. Dr. Persons describes strategies for developing a case formulation, using the formulation to guide clinical decision-making, and collecting data to test the formulation and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment based on the formulation. She illustrates these strategies using video material from patient sessions, and she provides links to handouts to help clinicians use these skills and tools in their own clinical practice.