Good Practice Guidelines on the use of psychological formulation 5 Formulation as a core competency within clinical psychology is referenced in a number of professional documents which define clinical psychologists standards, activities and skills. Examples are listed below (see Appendix 1 for details). Management Advisory Service (MAS) (1989). Review of clinical psychology services. London: Department of Health. Health Professions Council (HPC) (2009). Standards of proficiency Practitioner psychologists. London: Health Professions Council. British Psychology Society (BPS) (2010). Accreditation through partnership criteria Guidance for clinical psychology programmes. Leicester: British Psychological Society. Division of Clinical Psychology (2010). Clinical Psychology The core purpose and philosophy of the profession. Leicester: British Psychological Society. Skinner, P. & Toogood, R. (Eds) (2010). Clinical psychology leadership development framework. Leicester: British Psychological Society. The recommendations from these documents can be summarised as follows: ● Psychological formulation is a core competency for clinical psychologists at all levels,
starting with training, and in all aspects of their work.
● Clinical psychologists formulations should draw on and integrate a wide range of interpersonal, biological, social and cultural factors. Clinical psychologists should be using, sharing, promoting and offering training in formulation and formulating within multidisciplinary teams and organisations as well as with individual service users and their families and carers.