Psychoanalytic Case Formulationby Nancy McWilliams
What kinds of questions do experienced therapists ask themselves when facing a new client? How can clinical expertise be taught? From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book takes clinicians step-by- step through developing an understanding of each client's unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment/i>… See more details below
What kinds of questions do experienced therapists ask themselves when facing a new client? How can clinical expertise be taught? From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book takes clinicians step-by- step through developing an understanding of each client's unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. McWilliams shows that while seasoned practitioners rely upon established diagnostic categories for record-keeping and insurance purposes, their actual clinical concepts and practices reflect more inferential, subjective, and intuitive processes. Interweaving illustrative case examples with theoretical insights and clinically significant research, chapters cover assessment of client temperament, developmental issues, defenses, affects, identifications, relational patterns, self-esteem needs, and pathogenic beliefs.
Winner--Gradiva Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
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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.