Using Psychological Formulation in Inpatient Mental Health Settings – Helping People Make Sense of Their Problems

Inpatient mental health settings are traditionally guided by the medical model, with treatment focusing primarily on psychiatric diagnosis and pharmacological interventions. A drawback of this approach is that people may feel labelled and not fully understood as individuals. To address this, the author advocates greater use of psychological formulation on inpatient mental health units. A psychological formulation may include: Present Problems – Focusing on individual symptoms that are problematic for …

Continue reading

Innovative patient profiling and outcome prediction tools to enhance routine psychological care

Psychological therapy is a worthwhile and effective way to help people with various mental health problems. However, it is also widely recognised that not all clients have the same response to therapy. Some people appear to gain much more from these interventions than others. It is important to identify cases at risk of poor response to therapy as soon and as accurately as possible, since many patients who drop out …

Continue reading