Who Needs a Case Formulation and Why: Clinicians Use the Case Formulation to Guide Decision-Making

Jacqueline B. Persons


Protocols for empirically-supported treatments (ESTs) typically do not require the therapist to develop an individualized formulation of the patient, nor do they describe procedures for doing this. I offer some hypotheses about why the idiographic case formulation receives short shrift in most EST protocols, I describe an exception to this general rule, and I conclude with a discussion of implications of these ideas for psychotherapy research.


idiographic case formulation; treatment developers; treatment utility; clinical decision-making; randomized trial; empirically supported treatments; clinical case studies; case studies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v9i4.1835

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