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Constructing Stories, Telling Tales : A Guide to Formulation in Applied Psychology - Sarah Corrie

Constructing Stories, Telling Tales

A Guide to Formulation in Applied Psychology

Paperback Published: 31st December 2010
ISBN: 9781855756427
Number Of Pages: 446

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Formulation remains one of the most important activities that those using psychological approaches undertake as part of their work. By drawing on a wide range of sources from psychology and the arts the authors find ways to honour the stories clients tell yet offer key psychological insights to facilitate change. They provide a clear guide to enable the reader to think about the purpose of their work with clients, the perspectives which inform it and the process used to ensure effective outcomes. Guest contributions are included from various fields of practice including: clinical, coaching, educational, forensic, occupational and from the arts

The book will enable all practitioners (whatever the stage of their career) who need to work with client stories to find new ways to enhance their practice.

`In a climate of demand for sound-bite explanations and quick-fix solutions, the authors refuse over-simplification and explore the challenging complexity of psychological formulation. They do so from a narrative perspective that recognizes that the formulations psychologists make in relation to the stories brought by their clients, while grounded in systematic theory and research, are, nevertheless, themselves stories. They have, therefore, elicited contributions from others, expert in the interpretation of stories and their characters, such as actors and dramatists, who bring differing perspectives to our understanding. I can personally attest to the value of these perspectives, as my own training in dramatherapy has greatly enriched my work with clients. It has deepened my appreciation of what feeling my way into another's world, so central in effective therapy, involves, and of the centrality of stories in our experience. I have found the chapters of this book stimulating and thought provoking.' Sheelagh Strawbridge, co-author of Exploring Self and Society and co-editor of the Handbook of Counselling Psychology

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A number of guest contributors - including actors Simon Callow, Prunella Scales and Timothy West - have contributed valuable input into this volume and demonstrated great interest in the project and the ideas behind it. For some, it was their first experience of working with psychologists, and they showed particular willingness to engage with the main authors on this joint venture.PART ONE: Formulation: An Introduction to Key Debates and a Framework for Developing a Systematic ApproachPART TWO: Working with Purpose, Perspective and Process: Elaborating the Framework to Enhance your ApproachPART THREE: The Many Facets of Formulation: An Interdisciplinary PerspectivePART FOUR: Implications for the FutureLIST OF EXERCISESExercise 1. Questions to start your journeyExercise 2. Questions to help you navigate the debates on formulationExercise 3. Applying the purpose, perspective, and process model to your own practiceExercise 4. Understanding your professional purpose in the light of local, national, and global levels of influenceExercise 5. Understanding the perspective that informs your approachExercise 6. Developing a process through use of story grammarExercise 7. Creating stories for complex timesExercise 8. A reflective tool for refining your formulation skills

List of Exercisesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
About the Authors and Guest Contributorsp. xiii
Prologue: Telling storiesp. xxi
Introductionp. xxxi
Formulation: An Introduction to Key Debates and A Framework for Developing a Systematic Approachp. 1
Case formulation and its role in professional practicep. 3
A framework for formulation: purpose, perspective, and processp. 23
Working with Purpose, Perspective, and Process: Elaborating the Framework to Enhance Your Approachp. 51
Defining the purpose of the enquiryp. 53
Identifying the perspective that informs the journeyp. 75
Devising a process that is fit for purposep. 103
The Many Facets of Formulation: An Interdisciplinary Perspectivep. 135
Introducing our guest contributorsp. 137
Case formulation: the dilemmas posed by child sex offendersp. 149
Every child does matter: preventing school exclusion through the Common Assessment Frameworkp. 173
The role of formulation in cognitive-behaviour therapy: a concept hidden in plain view?p. 199
Existential formulations of therapeutic practicep. 221
What story are you in? Four elements of a narrative approach to formulation in coachingp. 239
Fabricating fictions, telling talesp. 259
Acting as narrativep. 273
Understanding character: an actor's approach to formulationp. 285
Implications for the Futurep. 319
Creating stories for complex timesp. 321
Conclusion: Formulation and the futurep. 345
Epilogue: Formulation and developing the creative practitionerp. 353
Referencesp. 359
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9781855756427
ISBN-10: 1855756420
Series: G - Reference, Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 31st December 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68