Psychoanalytic Case Formulation / Edition 1by Nancy McWilliams
Pub. Date: 03/26/1999
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book ta kes clinicians step-by- step through developing an understanding of ea ch client's unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. McWilliams shows that while seasoned pract itioners rely upon established diagnostic categories for record-keepin g and
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The text offered insight into conducting intake interviews and the gradual process of learning about clients ways of approaching their worlds given their histories and personality styles. Although it provides exceptional guidance, one may feel unsure of how to apply McWilliams' suggestions within a time-limited model. It is insightful with respect to developing on-going formulations and conceptualizations throughout the therapy/supportive process, though. One drawback is that although McWilliams includes concerns of race, culture, gender, and immigration experiences into her work, at times the inclusion of the relevance of social locations seems like an afterthought; it may be helpful to have other resources available (e.g., work by Derald Wing Sue, Thomas Parham, Janet Helms) to provide more depth with respect to intersections of identity on case formulation and understanding dynamics between helper and client. Overall, though, a great resource for students, professionals, and instructors for applied psychology and clinical social work.