Jon Sperry, Ph.D

Jon Sperry, Ph.D

Lynn University (USA)

Qualification/s: 

Jon Sperry, Ph.D. in counselor education and and Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lindsay Turner, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Paper/Abstract presentation Title: 


Culturally Responsive Case conceptualization


Outline of presentation (no more than 1000 words):


Psychotherapists are living in the "era of accountability" in which  practitioners are increasingly expected to provide counseling and therapy services that are effective.  Increasingly,  licensure bodies are requiring the demonstration of accountable, evidence-based practice and competence. Central to such accountability is the capacity to develop accurate and compelling case conceptualizations which can explain the client’s basic life pattern, focus treatment interventions,  and anticipate treatment challenges. 


Case conceptualization is considered by many to be the most important competency  expected in clinical practice  today. This expectation is problematic since training programs have only recently begun incorporating  this key competency as a learning outcome.  Equally problematic is that trainees and practitioners can be overwhelmed when attempting to conceptualize large amounts of clinical data and develop accurate conceptualizations and treatment plans.  Across all theoretical approaches, "pattern recognition" has emerged as a useful strategy for sorting through large amounts of clinical case data and finding meaning and patterns.


This workshop describes a  step-by-step strategy and process for developing a concise, accurate, and compelling case conceptualization and treatment plans. A clinical formulation includes a tentative hypothesis about causative factors of psychosocial difficulties, while and a treatment formulation links the case conceptualization to treatment plan objectives. These formulations will be introduced through the use of several cases will be used to illustrate the elements of case conceptualization. 


Educational Objective 1: participants will learn the key elements of a culturally responsive case conceptualization: diagnostic formulations, clinical formulation, cultural formulation, and treatment formulation (linked to treatment planning)


Educational Objective 2: participants will learn an 8 step strategy  for developing  effective and culturally responsive case conceptualizations and treatment plans based on pattern recognition



Experience/research working in the subject area (no more than 500 words): 


Jon Sperry, Ph.D., LMHC, LCSW, NCC is a core faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lynn University. He is a board certified licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida and has been a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) since 2010. Dr. Sperry is currently the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Individual Psychology.

Dr. Sperry has co-authored six textbooks, five book chapters, and various professional articles. In 2017, he co-authored the book, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Counseling Practice, through Routledge Publishing. Other books that he has co-authored have included two editions (2012 & 2020) of Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence (translated in Korean in 2015, Turkish in 2016, and Arabic in 2022) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy of the DSM-5 Personality Disorders in 2015. He also co-edited Psychopathology and Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment in 2015. Most recently, he co-authored The 15-minute Case Conceptualization (2021).  

 

In addition to his clinical experience and publications, he has conducted workshops and lectures throughout the United States and in 22 countries around the globe- including Bulgaria, The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Uruguay.  

 

Lindsay Turner, MS is clinical mental health counselor. She works in a private practice in Florida and received her MS at Lynn University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Barry University.

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