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Formulating collaboratively with significant others

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In this chapter we will outline a rationale for formulating with carers. We will
present the evidence to support developing shared formulations and describe a
clinical approach to achieve this, which will be illustrated with a case example
to demonstrate its practical application. The case example focuses on a range of
issues that are present in working in many different settings, but here we specifically
focus on developing shared formulations with professional caregivers working
with an inpatient with a diagnosis of psychosis. Many of the themes are also
applicable when working with informal carers such as family members and with
other client groups, and we draw on this literature where relevant. We define carers
as both professional and informal caregivers who have accepted or been given
the role of supporting a person or people with mental health needs