A Transtheoretical Approach to Case Formulation

Anita Jose, Marvin Goldfried

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In answer to the need for a comprehensive, systematic, yet flexible case formulation method, the present article describes the Causal Analysis and Synthesis of Events (CASE) system, a transtheoretical case formulation method. This method of functional case formulation is useful in terms of explicating the problem and identifying potential areas for intervention when dealing with clinical problems of both an intrapersonal and interpersonal nature. Further, this formulation method may improve communication between the therapist and the client during case conceptualization and facilitate dialogue between therapists of different theoretical orientations. This paper describes the case formulation method and includes an example incorporating this case formulation technique for a young man with social phobia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-222
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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