With fully integrated DSM-5 criteria and current CACREP standards, this text examines case conceptualization and effective treatments across the most common disorders encountered in counseling. The comprehensive approach helps readers develop their professional identities as well as their case conceptualization and intervention skills. Each chapter blends current theory and research with case illustrations and guided practice exercises to anchor the material in real-world application. Using an innovative new Temporal/Contextual (T/C) Model, the book provides an easy-to-apply and practical framework for developing accurate and effective case conceptualizations and treatment plans.

Case Conceptualization and Effective Interventions is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit www.sagepub.com/vip/cpiseries.


  • This text introduces an innovative new model for case conceptualization, the Temporal/Contextual (T/C) Model, which is both practical and easy to apply, with a fully articulated visual diagram to assist counselors.
  • This text provides the most current information on mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders found in the DSM-5, focusing on the most frequently presented problems and empirically-supported interventions that are both culturally and situationally responsive.
  • Chapter learning outcomes constructed around the new CACREP standards further the concept of developing a professional identity.
  • A humanistic perspective emphasizes the importance of wellness and prevention in addition to intervention.
  • Integrated case illustrations help readers apply theory to practice.
  • Guided practice exercises facilitate the integration of theory, case conceptualization, and best practices while promoting critical thinking.
  • Unique Go Further sections provide links to additional resources on empirically-supported treatments.
  • Counseling Keystones summarize important text concepts in each chapter.

For Instructors Teaching a Single Course

The Series features eleven texts that address each of the foundational skill areas necessary for professional identity development. In each text, you'll find:

  • An emphasis on counseling as a reflective practice in both course progression and professional settings
  • A focus on applying theory to practice
  • An integration of CACREP Standards
  • A diverse and respected group of authors, most of whom are practitioners and educators
  • Instructor resources (password protected) and student resources (open access) that provide robust pedagogical support

For Curriculum Developers

A common set of features span all texts in the Series, offering instructors and students a consistent approach to foundational content. Features include:

  • The fostering of the student's professional identity using the ethical guidelines and CACREP standards that guide the counseling profession
  • A blend of contemporary theory with current research and empirical support
  • Case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help students translate theory and research into professional decision making and application
  • An assimilation of concepts and constructs that move students to higher levels of cognitive and affective competence
  • An emphasis on the need for and means of demonstrating accountability
  • Instructor (password protected) and student resources (open access) that provide robust pedagogical support