PSY71 - Formulation&Prognosis

PSY71 - Formulation&Prognosis - Formulations and Prognosis...

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1 Formulations and Prognosis Very simple ‘Formulation’ • Two orthogonal classifications: – BIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL – PREDISPOSING, PRECIPITATING, MAINTAINING FACTORS • The idea of this is to provide a ‘template’ in which you can link an individual client’s problems or disorder with what you know more generally about that disorder. • It is NOT a substitute for a more detailed assessment or understanding but acts as a starting point. • The idea is to begin a story; the hypotheses can then be examined in more detail (in therapy). BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL Formulation Biological Factors – Think about family history - GENETIC PREDISPOSITION – Think about any medical factors – Think about any drug factors Psychological – Early family life and relationships – Periods of separation or illness? – Early life events – Personality – Coping strategies and impulse control – Cognitive style and avoidances Social – Recent life events – Current formal and informal social support
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course PSYCH 71 taught by Professor Kuperberg during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.

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PSY71 - Formulation&Prognosis - Formulations and Prognosis...

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