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: Introduction: Lucy Johnstone
10:00: Stella Christofides, Nicci Hood and Samantha Cole – Overview of research into team formulation
11:00: Facilitators outlining their approach to team formulation
13.00: Lunch
13.45: Workshops (Delegates must register for ONE of the following workshops):

  • Using team formulation in AMH settings (Lucy Johnstone)
  • Using team formulation in Older Adult teams (Sarah Dexter-Smith)
  • Using team formulation with Learning Disability teams (Barry Ingham)
  • Using team formulation in Health teams (Samantha Cole)

16.00: Summary and discussion about ways forward
16.30: Close


Learning Outcomes

  • Get up to date on theory and research relating to team formulation
  • Learn about strategies for implementing team formulation in different specialties
  • Develop skills in devising and implementing team formulations
  • Be introduced to relevant resources and handouts

Speakers & Facilitators

Stella Christofides carried out her doctoral research into 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.

Nicci Hood’s doctoral research 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.

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' (2nd edn 2013). She is former Course Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate, and has delivered training on using formulation in teams to CMHTs and assessment teams. She was also lead author for the ‘Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation’ (DCP 2013.)

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. She was co-author and member of the working party for the ‘Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation’, DCP 2011.

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 since 2006.  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. These have been used as a springboard for wider formulation driven service changes.  Sarah is interested in using applied psychological knowledge to create systemic and cultural change.

Barry Ingham is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in Adult Learning Disabilities Services in North East England and an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.  He has developed clinical research approaches within healthcare settings for people with Learning Disabilities who display additional psychosocial difficulties. This has included authoring chapters and publishing articles on the use of team formulation in this area..

Booking information


  • Non members £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • Society members £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DCP members £30 (£25 + VAT)

From 1st January 2013:

  • Non members £95 (£79.17 + VAT)
  • Society members £63 (£52.50 + VAT)
  • DCP members £33 (£27.50 + VAT)

How to book

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

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Fri, 17/05/2013 (All day)
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