AACBT National Tour – Melbourne: Persons – Case formulation-driven CBT
- Jacqueline B. Persons
Case formulation-driven Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Presenter: Dr Jacqueline B. Persons
Learn to develop a case formulation and collect progress monitoring data, and how to use these things in treatment to build a strong relationship with your client. You can then solve problems that inevitably arise during treatment.
In a case formulation-driven approach to cognitive-behaviour therapy, the therapist develops a hypothesis (formulation) about the factors that cause and maintain the patient’s difficulties, and uses it to guide intervention. The formulation aids in many ways, including by helping the therapist integrate interventions drawn from multiple diverse CB models, guide treatment for multiple-problem patients, and solve problems that arise in treatment. As treatment proceeds, the therapist uses the formulation and progress monitoring data to test the formulation, evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions, and solve problems.
In this workshop, Dr Persons begins by describing one of her own cases that illustrates the main elements of this hypothesis-testing approach to CBT, and spends most of the workshop providing hands-on training in the key skills of developing a case formulation, collecting progress monitoring data, and using the formulation and the progress monitoring data to guide treatment, and especially to solve problems that arise in treatment. She also describes empirical support for the use of a case formulation and progress monitoring to guide CBT.
Key Learning Objectives
- Describe a conceptual model of CBT in which the case formulation is a hypothesis and progress monitoring data test the hypothesis and evaluate the treatment based on the formulation.
- Learn skills to develop individualised cognitive behavioural case formulations for their clients.
- Learn skills to collect progress monitoring data and use it to guide treatment.
Assumed Background Knowledge and Experience of Attendees
Basic: Casual familiarity with topic area; e.g., treated one case
Implications / Applications of Learning for Clinical Practice
The skills of developing a case formulation and collecting progress monitoring data, and use them to guide treatment and solve problems that inevitably arise helps clinicians build strong collaborative relationships with their patients and feel confident they have a way of working that helps them solve problems that arise during treatment.
Duration & Format / Training Modalities
This workshop has 7 hours CPD, and includes morning & afternoon teas, and lunch.
The workshop component include lecture-style presentation, video demonstration, audio demonstration & practice exercise, role play demonstration, and extensive case examples. Dr Persons provides numerous handouts, assessment scales, and forms.
References – readings
- Persons, J. B., Beckner, V. L., & Tompkins, M. A. (2013). Testing case formulation hypotheses in psychotherapy: Two case examples. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20(4), 399-409. [direct link here to .pdf]
- Persons, J. B., Brown, C., & Diamond, A. (2019). Case formulation-driven cognitive-behavioral therapy. In K. Dobson & D. Dozois (Eds.), Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies (4th edition, pp. 145-168). New York: Guilford. [direct link here to .pdf]
- Kazdin, A. E. (1993). Evaluation in clinical practice: Clinically sensitive and systematic methods of treatment delivery. Behavior Therapy, 24, 11-45.
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