Case studies should be 3000 words (+/- 10%), typewritten, double-spaced.
Case studies should:
Make reference to the fulfilment of the learning goal of practice.
Increasing awareness about personal blind spots, Ability to be non-defensive and receive and use constructive feedback, Ability to link process to theory, Ability to be open and reflective about client work, Demonstrate therapeutic competence.
Case study must include
Describe the client’s background, their current life situation, history, family background, cultural, social background and other relevant information.
Show an understanding of the client’s existential issues in the context of philosophical literature. Show how you did or did not bring this into the therapy.
Describe the nature of the therapeutic relationship, the quality of your rapport and the exchanges between you. Self-reflection is paramount: Who is this client, to you? How did you impact on this client?
Demonstrate the ways in which you have learnt and improved your work.
Case study could also include:
Case studies could also include:
What is the contract, limits of your responsibility? How was the referral made? How was confidentiality and anonymity guaranteed in light of the writing of the case study? Were proper permissions obtained?
Describe your first impressions at initial interview, presenting problems, objectives and agreed contract before going into the detailed description of the unfolding of the therapeutic relationship and the process of intervention and change.
You may want to separate the description session by session or by beginning, middle and end of the therapy, depending on the length of the therapy.
Pay some attention to the various forms of bias observable in this complex relationship. What is the client’s bias and worldview? What is your own bias and worldview? How do the two interact? What new perspective did you get on this through supervision?
Include a discussion of ethical and organisational issues where appropriate.
Pay attention to non verbal communication, gesture, facial expression, atmosphere and mood and reflect on these.
There may be a further section with an overall reflection on the work. Here you may wish to ask yourself some questions such as:
What else might you have said or done?
What were the effects of some of your interventions both positive and negative?
How might you now reformulate certain ideas to your client?
How might you elicit further depth?
How might you focus past, present and future differently?
What was going on in your own mind at the time?
How did you process this interference in your supervision or therapy?
What do you think the client’s main preoccupation, concern and problem were?
What did they need from you?
Did you provide this?
What was evoked in your own heart and mind in relation to this client?
What or who in your own life did they remind you of?