Case Formulation with Children and Adolescents

Author(s): Katharina Manassis

Children & Adolescents | School Guidance

Highly practical and accessible, this book shows how to synthesize complex information about child and adolescent mental health problems into clinically useful case formulations that complement diagnosis.


Provided are strategies and tools for analyzing the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and developmental factors that may be contributing to a child's or adolescent's difficulties (ages 4-18). Numerous case examples illustrate the steps in crafting a comprehensive formulation and using it to plan effective, individualized treatment.


Helpful reproducible forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

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"Finally! This book will revive the vanishing skill of gathering multi-source clinical information and integrating it into a comprehensive formulation to guide culturally and developmentally sensitive biopsychosocial treatment. Manassis brings extensive clinical experience to her dedication to evidence-based mental health practice. This book should be required reading for all clinicians who aspire to provide optimal treatment for children and their families."--Mina K. Dulcan, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Robert and Anne H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

"Child clinicians often struggle to form cogent case conceptualizations. Now their struggle is over! This expertly crafted, comprehensive guide is replete with charts, diagrams, and case examples to help both experienced and beginning clinicians paint rich conceptual portraits. Most important, Manassis's work is developmentally sensitive, culturally attuned, links treatment to formulation, and teaches clinicians to collaboratively share their conceptualization with young patients and their families. I will keep this book close to my desk for ready reference."--Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, Palo Alto University

Katharina Manassis, MD, FRCPC, is Staff Psychiatrist and Senior Associate Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where she founded and continues to work in the Anxiety Disorders Program for children and youth. The Program focuses on the development and scientific evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments. Dr. Manassis is also Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a member of the Human Development and Applied Psychology Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. These appointments allow her to supervise graduate students, residents, and fellows in the treatment and study of childhood anxiety. Dr. Manassis leads several funded research studies to better understand and treat childhood anxiety disorders. She has published over 70 papers in professional journals in this field and is the author of two widely read books for parents, Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child and Helping Your Teenager Beat Depression, as well as books for child mental health professionals, including Problem Solving in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Introduction1. Benefits of Case Formulation and a Conceptual Framework2. Gathering Relevant Information: Key Assessment Strategies3. Biological Aspects of the Formulation4. Psychological Aspects of the Formulation5. Social Aspects of the Formulation6. Spiritual and Cultural Aspects of the Formulation7. The Process of Case Formulation and Considerations for Preschoolers8. Case Formulation for School-Age Children9. Case Formulation for Adolescents10. Communicating the Case Formulation and Its Treatment Implications11. Using the Formulation to Inform the Treatment Plan12. Formulation Challenges and the Need to Monitor Progress

General Fields

  • : 9781462515608
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : May 2014
  • : United States
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Katharina Manassis
  • : Hardback
  • : 618.928914
  • : 244