1. Theoretical and Evidence-Based Approaches to Case Formulation

  1. Peter Sturmey3 and
  2. Mary McMurran4
  1. Tracy D. Eells1 and
  2. Kenneth G. Lombart2

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch1

Forensic Case Formulation

Forensic Case Formulation

How to Cite

Eells, T. D. and Lombart, K. G. (2011) Theoretical and Evidence-Based Approaches to Case Formulation, in Forensic Case Formulation (eds P. Sturmey and M. McMurran), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Queens College and City University, New York, USA

  2. 4

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

  2. 2

    University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin5 and
  2. Mary McMurran4

Series Editor Information

  1. 4

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 5

    School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683958

Online ISBN: 9781119977018



  • theoretical and evidence-based approaches - to case formulation (CF);
  • concept of case formulation - functions and goals, and formulation and its importance;
  • psychotherapy case formulation - precipitants, in person's psychological, interpersonal and behavioral problems;
  • aim of formulation - individual's problems and symptoms;
  • formulation, a blueprint guiding treatment;
  • case formulation approach - treatment, addressing individual circumstances;
  • goals of formulation - meeting at least five goals;
  • evidence as guide for formulation - APA Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice, systematic case formulations based on empirically supported principles;
  • psychodynamic theory, and work of Freud - source of inference for case formulation;
  • practical tips for case formulation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a Case Formulation?

  • Why Formulate?

  • The Goals of Formulation

  • Theory as a Guide to Formulation

  • Evidence as a Guide for Formulation

  • Structured Systematic Case Formulation Models

  • A General Framework for Formulation

  • Practical Tips for Case Formulation

  • References