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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Case conceptualization can often be a daunting task for therapists. This book is a reminder that one of the primary tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is collaboration with the patient and it shows how the therapist can work with the patient to mutually conceptualize the case.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to introduce a collaborative model for case conceptualization throughout treatment and to assist therapists in building their conceptualization skills.
Audience: The book is intended for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals who are engaged in therapy. Students will also find this of interest, especially when tackling the challenge of case conceptualization for the first time. The authors are world-renowned for their CBT skills and training materials.
Features: The first chapter incorporates an overview of case conceptualization and the empirical evidence for it. The levels of conceptualization and the evolution of this process through therapy are discussed next. The third chapter includes case examples of how the conceptualization process can proceed collaboratively. There also is a nice chapter accentuating the positives — patient strengths and resilience. In later chapters, plenty of case examples are accompanied by sample dialogues and side notes that let readers know what the therapist was thinking. The book is filled with summary tables, flow charts, diagrams, and even illustrated examples of materials, such as coping cards. For supervisors and more experienced therapists, there is a chapter providing guidance in the instruction of case conceptualization. Along with this chapter are multiple appendixes that outline competencies and ways of achieving those for different level therapists. Each chapter has a nice summary at the end. The references are current and pertinent.
Assessment: This is a very useful companion to any CBT training program and will provide a novel and more elegant approach to case conceptualization for many therapists. Readers will find the information very accessible and the case examples highly valuable.