How to work with conceptualization in cognitive behavioral supervision

Jan Prasko, Darius Dicevicius, Marija Abeltina, Ilona Krone, Milos Slepecky, Marie Ociskova, Lina Bagdonavičienė, Ales Grambal

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Case conceptualization is the ability to understand difficulties in terms of client´s history and the current context of the problem. The use of CBT strategies can be competently implemented when they are selected according to the case conceptualization, they are used professionally, and at the right time. The supervisor helps the therapist in supervision by with questions to recognize the broader background of the case conceptualization. The supervisor uses several approaches (like education, guided discovery, imagination, role playing) in which therapist can realize what didn't think about before and what is significant for understanding of the client and what need to be changed. Problems with the conceptualization might be connected with the difficulty of gaining information from the client, the lack of knowledge or practice of the supervisee or to their tendency hurry up which can product to the preliminary use the problem-solving strategies. However, the problems with the formulation can be influenced by numerous influences from the therapist surroundings as a demanding for rapid outcomes, time pressure, economic requirements and so on.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalActivitas Nervosa Superior Rediviva
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Case conceptualization
  • CBT
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Supervision

Field of Science*

  • 5.1 Psychology

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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