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Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists, Third Edition

A Practical Guide to Better Outcomes

Richard B. Makover, M.D.

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Previous editions of Dr. Richard B. Makover's popular handbook Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists shed light on this all-too-often neglected element of psychotherapy while squarely establishing themselves as the go-to references on the topic. Drawing on the author's years of experience, and with engaging and memorable clinical examples, the book presents a top-down, outcome-based approach to treatment planning that emphasizes the importance of the initial interview and assessment to the planning process, while providing practical advice for enhancing patient collaboration and reducing drop-out rates.

This revised edition of the guide has been updated to reflect important changes in mental health delivery systems and funding relevant to treatment providers, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital revolution. It is also more readable than ever: bullet points and chapter-end summaries distill points of emphasis, helping readers take in and reference information easily and effectively.

This third edition also features:

  • An amplified chapter on assessment that explains how this crucial step should inform case formulation and, as a result, treatment planning.
  • An expanded chapter on the challenges of treating patients struggling with cognitive impairment, addiction and psychoses, among other issues, ensuring that readers are equipped to handle a wide range of scenarios.
  • A new, simplified approach to the often overlooked but crucial step of formulation.
  • Suggested readings that will provide therapists with a comprehensive view of psychotherapy in general and treatment planning in particular.

The framework and methods offered in this edition of Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists make it an invaluable resource for clinical psychiatrists and psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatric residents, clinical social workers—in short, anyone engaged in the challenging but necessary work of helping patients address and overcome their dysfunction.


  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • PART 1
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Overview
  • Chapter 2. The Importance of Treatment Planning
  • Chapter 3. Treatment Selection
  • PART 2: Components
  • Chapter 4. The Aim
  • Chapter 5. Goals
  • Chapter 6. Strategies
  • Chapter 7. Tactics
  • PART 3: Construction
  • Chapter 8. Assessment
  • Chapter 9. Formulation
  • Chapter 10. The Plan
  • Chapter 11. The Treatment Contract
  • PART 4: Practice
  • Chapter 12. Putting It All Together
  • Chapter 13. Working the Plan
  • Chapter 14. The Structural Impasse
  • Chapter 15. Challenges
  • PART 5: Education
  • Chapter 16. New Learning
  • Chapter 17. Suggested Readings
  • Index

About the Authors

Richard B. Makover, M.D., is Lecturer in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

In this delightfully written case-based book, Dr. Makover, a knowledgeable, highly experienced and wise psychotherapist, offers a complete process map for thinking through goals, strategies, and tactics for assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and conducting therapy across a broad spectrum of modalities. Offering clear instruction and eminently discerning and practical perspectives, this guidance will benefit all new and seasoned psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians who strive to be better psychotherapists.—Joel Yager, M.D., Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

This is a great addition to the literature for psychotherapists. With an easy to read framework, it provides therapists with a format that offers to restructure psychotherapy in a results-oriented approach. It helps to promote a simplified system to understand the therapeutic process. This straightforward model will be very useful for both new and more experienced psychotherapists who have ever felt lost or disorganized in their treatment. In addition, it integrates different therapeutic models and teaches readers to conduct therapy across a wide range of modalities.—Laura Gonzalez-Conty, M.D., Doody's Book Review

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