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Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention

Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention

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Social Work Practice

208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Many training programmes assume that if students receive separate courses in research design, assessment, and counselling, they will naturally integrate this information into their work with clients. Unfortunately this mode of science-practice integration often fails.

Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention presents a new approach to the integration of science and practice in clinical work. Author Scott T Meier systematically connects case conceptualization, assessment, and analysis of intervention effects. This integrative approach differs from traditional methods of teaching counselling in its emphasis on the inclusion of assessment data in the intervention process.

This innovative, transtheoretical volume examines

· Key elements of conceptualization, assessment, and analysis

· The role of structured feedback in the clinical process

· Outcome elements for multiple and selected problems

· Assessment methods and psychometric principles

· Graphical, qualitative, and quantitative analytic techniques

· Numerous case studies

· Possible future directions for science-practice efforts.

Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention provides an effective method for thinking about, organizing, and focusing on the key elements of counselling processes and outcomes. By integrating case conceptualization and assessment data into intervention decisions, students and clinicians will understand when and why counselling is ineffective and have a basis for adjusting treatment to improve clinical outcomes.

With its emphasis on concepts and procedure, Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention is intended as a manual for students in psychology, psychiatry, social work, or counselling and practising psychotherapists, psychiatrists, or counsellors.

1. Introduction
Building Upon Traditional Nomothetic Approaches

Assumptions and Values

Basic Tasks

2. Case Conceptualization
What Information is Needed?

Sources of Information for Conceptualization

Creating a Case Conceptualization

A Conceptualization Example

Treatment Failure

Summary and Cautions

3. Clinical Assessment
General Measurement Principles

Types of Assessments and Tests

Ruling Out Methods

Units of Measurement

Creating a Clinical Assessment

Begin With the Case Conceptualization

Explicate Constructs

Measure Behaviors

Collect As Much Data As Feasible

Summary and Cautions

4. Analyses of Clinical Data
Analyses Related to Outcome

Analyses Related to Conceptualization

Analyses Related to Assessment

Data Patterns

Computer Systems

Summary and Cautions

5. Alternative Explanations
Issues in Case Conceptualization

Issues in Clinical Assessment

Issues in Analytic Judgements


6. Possible Futures
How Change Might Occur

Obstacles to Change

Research Into Science-Practice Integration


The reason for adopting the text for a seminar with practicum students was the book's presentation of approaching the integration of conceptualization and intervention.

Dr Nicholas Griffith
Clinical Psychology, Argosy University - Twin Cities
April 8, 2013

Psy D program not yet being offered. May use if curriculum goes ahead.

Dr Terry Lane
Counselor Education , acadia university
June 24, 2011

Scott T. Meier

Scott T. Meier is Professor and Co-Director of Training of the Program in Counseling/School Psychology, Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo. His major research and teaching areas focus on psychological assessment and testing (particularly outcome assessment), research methods (particularly program evaluation), and counseling skills (particularly the integration of case conceptualization and assessment with intervention). Meier is the author or co-author of 4 books (including the Elements of Counseling) and 40 journal articles. He is a licensed psychologist who received his PhD in... More About Author

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