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Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention

Bridging Case Conceptualization, Assessment, and Intervention

December 2002 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Many training programs assume that if students receive separate courses in research design, assessment, and counseling, 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 counseling 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 counseling processes and outcomes. By integrating case conceptualization and assessment data into intervention decisions, students and clinicians will understand when and why counseling 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 counseling and practicing psychotherapists, psychiatrists, or counselors.

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
Key features
  • Employs an effective method for thinking about, organizing, and focusing on the key elements of counseling process and outcomes.
  • Thoroughly and systematically connects conceptualization and intervention with assessment.
  • Discusses the role of structured feedback in the clinical process.
  • Emphasizes the application of scientific methods, as opposed to the exclusive use of specific theoretical knowledge or empirical results, during the clinical process.
  • Includes numerous case studies to illustrate points.

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