Conversation Analysis of Psychological Formulation Discussions in Adult Learning Disabilities Teams

  • Katherine PeckittEmail author
  • Cordet Smart
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


This research used CA to analyse the interactional processes between clinical psychologists and their healthcare colleagues, specifically with a focus on psychological formulation discussions. CA identified that formulation discussions did not regularly take place, contrary to clinical psychologist professions’ claims that these discussions happen informally through clinicians ‘chipping in’. However, when formulation discussions occurred, some of the interactions appeared to change the understanding about the service users’ difficulties or gave space for the discussion of delicate topics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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