Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation

Characteristics of formulating The clinician

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Characteristics of formulating The clinician

Good Practice Guidelines on the use of psychological formulation
Division of Clinical Psychology (2010):
‘Core purpose and philosophy of the profession’
‘Psychological formulation is the summation and integration of the knowledge that is acquired by this assessment process that may involve psychological, biological and systemic factors and procedures. The formulation will draw on psychological theory and research to provide a framework for describing a client’s problem or needs, how it developed and is being maintained. Because of their particular training in the relationship of theory to practice, clinical psychologists will be able to draw on a number of models (bio-psycho- social) to meet needs or support decision making and so a formulation may comprise a number of provisional hypotheses. This provides the foundation from which actions may derive Psychological intervention, if considered appropriate, is based upon the formulation Core competencies of a clinical psychologist:

psychological assessment;

psychological formulation;

psychological intervention;

audit and evaluation;


personal and professional skills;

communication and teaching skills;

service delivery skills;

transferable skills.

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