Case formulation in forensic practice: challenges and opportunities

Delle-Vergini, Vanessa and Day, Andrew 2016, Case formulation in forensic practice: challenges and opportunities, Journal of forensic practice, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 240-250, doi: 10.1108/JFP-01-2016-0005.

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Title Case formulation in forensic practice: challenges and opportunities
Author(s) Delle-Vergini, Vanessa
Day, Andrew
Journal name Journal of forensic practice
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 240
End page 250
Total pages 11
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2050-8794
Keyword(s) psychology
forensic psychology
case formulation
ethical issues
evidence based
forensic practice
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of current practice in forensic case formulation, describing different approaches and discussing some of the practical and ethical issues that routinely arise. The paper further identifies areas where future practice and research might be strengthened.

Design/methodology/approach – There is only a very small literature to draw upon in reviewing this topic. Therefore a narrative literature review was undertaken, synthesising findings from published, peer-reviewed studies, and papers that addressed case formulation in psychological practice.

– Despite case formation being considered by many to be a core competency of evidence-based forensic practice, it is not currently possible to describe a typical forensic case formulation or advocate for a particular approach to practice.

Practical implications
– A number of practical and ethical issues routinely arise in the process of conducting a forensic case formulation. Ultimately, the absence of a consistent approach can lead to lead to poor clinical decision-making and the delivery of inadequate or inappropriate intervention.

Originality/value – This is one of the few discussions of case formulation that have been prepared for forensic practitioners. It is likely to be of interest to readers of the journal given the importance of the formulation process in contemporary forensic practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/JFP-01-2016-0005
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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