In cooperation with Shared Ambition the Dutch Association of Individual Psychology (NWIP) is proud to present this Day Course on June 9, 2020 presented by dr. Jon Sperry  from Lynn University, Florida, USA.


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 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.

Fortunately, Adlerians can utilize Adler’s construct of  “movement” to guide the case conceptualization process. Identifying a client’s basic movement–toward, against, away from, or ambivalent–provides a clinically useful starting point for quickly recognizing  a basic life pattern and then “confirming” the pattern with life style information from family constellation and early recollections.

This workshop describes a  step-by-step strategy and process for developing a concise, accurate, and compelling case conceptualization and treatment plans based on the client’s basic pattern of movement which integrates other key Adlerian constructs. 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.


JON SPERRY, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lynn University, Florida USA.

Jon invested a lot of his scientific work in Adlerian Psychology. His focus is on counseling and doing research. A special gift is the way he uses music in groups to foster social interest and well-being.

He is co-editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology.

Jon has been a member of NASAP since 2006 and has served as co-chair of the Theory, Research and Training Section of NASAP  and has published several books and book chapters on Adlerian theory, case conceptualization and psychotherapy.

For many years Jon is teaching at the ICASSI international summer school that offers Adlerian training each year in a different country (


Location: Online Webinar at home

Date: February 12, 2021

Time: 2.30 till 5.00 pm

Fee: €25,00.

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