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Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 181–182 | Cite as

Willem Kuyken, Christine A. Padesky, and Robert Dudley: Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Guilford, 2008, 366 pp, $ 40.00
  • Robert D. Friedberg
Book Review
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He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Case conceptualization is the theoretically based foundation for clinical practice. However, the ugly truth of clinical practice is that many clinicians eschew case conceptualization and essentially board Da Vinci’s figurative ship with neither a compass nor a rudder. They suffer drift with various winds and tides frequently blowing them off course. Teaching and training experiences tell me that many clinicians avoid case conceptualization because they may believe it is a time consuming, arcane intellectual exercise that has limited practicality. Thankfully, in Collaborative Case Conceptualization, Kuyken, Padesky, and Dudley have authored a book which makes case conceptualization immediately accessible to clinicians.

The super-ordinate concept is collaboration. Indeed, the joint effort toward psychological understanding of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center/College of MedicineHershyUSA

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