Using formulation in teams

Formulation is a key competence for all clinical psychologists. Team formulation is a more recent and specialised development in the area. There are a number of current projects and evaluations by the facilitators and others. Summaries and reference lists will be given on the day. It is also a key area of competence in the new Leadership Framework.


9.00: Registration and coffee
9.30: Start
9.45: Stella Christofides and Nicci Hood - Summary of research
10:45: Speakers outlining their approaches:
13.00: Lunch
14.00: Workshops (Delegates must register for ONE of the following workshops):

  • Using formulation in AO teams (Stuart Whomsley)
  • Using formulation in health teams (Samantha Cole)
  • Using formulation with AMH inpatient teams (Fiona Kennedy)
  • Using formulation in AMH community teams (Lucy Johnstone & Tamzin Haile)
  • Using formulation in older adult teams (Sarah Dexter-Smith)

16.00: Summary and discussion of ways forward
16.30: Close


Learning Outcomes

  • Update on relevant theory and research in the field;
  • learn about innovative practice in different specialties;
  • gain skills in devising and implementing team formulations;
  • acquire Leadership competencies


Lucy Johnstone has worked in adult mental health settings for many years and is the author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' (2000) and, with Rudi Dallos, co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy' (2006). She is former Course Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate, and has delivered training on using formulation in teams to many CMHTs.

Tamzin Haile is a clinical psychologist who works in High Dependency Rehabilitation, Assertive Outreach, and Early Intervention in Bristol and North Somerset.  She has an ongoing interest in team formulation, and has developed this approach in each of her team roles.

Samantha Cole works in both adult and paediatric health in acute hospital settings in Bristol and has researched clinical psychologists’ experiences of formulating with teams.

Stuart Whomsley has been conducting formulations with teams for nearly ten years and a team case formulation has become a weekly and integral part of the Assertive Outreach Team in which he is based for most of the week. He has authored a chapter on team case formulation in "Reaching out: the psychology of Assertive Outreach" which was published in 2010.
Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, worked as Head of Service for the Isle of Wight Clinical Psychology Dept until 2006. Her interest in formulation was stimulated after carrying out clinical work in an inpatient setting. Shehas authored a chapter on CBT team formulation in in-patient settings. She is a BABCP accredited trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist. She has published and presented nationally and internationally and now works in private practice.

Nicci Hood’s doctoral research followed on from, and complemented, the work of Stella Christofides by exploring the views, understandings and experiences of staff using psychological formulation in multidisciplinary teams. Nicci currently works in both Inpatient and Community Adult Mental Health Services in Gloucestershire and has a keen interest in promoting psychological perspectives and approaches within the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

Sarah Dexter-Smith is a consultant clinical psychologist and associate clinical director in older people’s services in Teesside and has worked in OP inpatient services for the last 5 years.  She has been involved in developing new clinical models of care with psychological formulation at the core alongside person-centred and recovery philosophies for the organic and functional ward respectively. Sarah is interested in how we can best use our applied psychological knowledge to improve the pathway of care for all the people who use our services through creating systemic and cultural change.

Stella Christofides carried out her doctoral research investigating Clinical Psychologists' experiences of facilitating the use of formulation within multidisciplinary teams. She has continued this interest when working in East London in Adult Mental Health and in a Transitions service for young people with complex needs moving on from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Booking information


  • DCP member £55 + VAT

  • Society member £66 + VAT

  • Society non-member £88 + VAT

This event is fully booked.


Tue, 25/10/2011 (All day)
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Clinical Psychology Member Services Unit