Who Needs a Case Formulation and Why: Clinicians Use the Case Formulation to Guide Decision-Making
Keywords:idiographic case formulation, treatment developers, treatment utility, clinical decision-making, randomized trial, empirically supported treatments, clinical case studies, case studies
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.
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