What is it about?
This paper presents a revised adaptation of the Abductive Theory of Method (ATOM) framework as a guide for clinical psychological assessment. The framework outlines how a clinician can 1) set up an appropriate focus of inquiry; 2) identify a client's key psychological difficulties 2) develop a case formulation to explain those difficulties; and 3) evaluate this case formulation.
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Why is it important?
ATOM provides a framework for clinical psychologists that is both flexible and comprehensive. This framework is sensitive to the complexities of cases and appreciates that careful description of a client's concerns should always precede explanation. ATOM can also be used by any clinician regardless of their theoretical orientation.
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This page is a summary of: The Abductive Theory of Method: Scientific Inquiry and Clinical Practice, Behaviour Change, December 2016, Cambridge University Press,
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