Clinical Reasoning and Case Formulation

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The Clinical Reasoning and Case Formulation is a 12-hour didactic training that introduces a set of reasoning tools for preparation and application in substance misuse and behavioral health settings. Clinical and practical reasoning requires broad knowledge, good judgment, and disciplined analysis. The ability to actively use clinical reasoning in decision-making is a complex process requiring practitioners to be aware of multiple functions and dynamic contexts, to use a diverse knowledge base, and to deal with multiple variables and individuals. The Clinical Reasoning and Case Formulation training addresses key concepts for building a reasoning and formulation process in practitioners. Key concepts such as the differences between a clinical diagnosis and a clinical case formulation and discerning an appropriate pace of case work by working from urgent to strategic, practical to clinical, and operationally defined outcomes to precise intervention strategies.

12 Social Work CEU | 14 Length

Kate Gibbons, Ph.D., LISW, LCSW, Center of Innovation

Learning Objectives

  • Identify Clinical Foundations, Thinking Errors, Bias, And Habits in diagnosing.
  • Recognize the differences between Facts/Data, Information, Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom in clinical activities (assessment, treatment planning, documentation).
  • Improve the clinical cohesion and practice of practicum students, supervisors, and university faculty in behavioral health settings.
  • Strengthen clinical services and develop the behavioral health workforce at community-based behavioral health organizations in New Mexico.


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