Formulation of a Case Involving an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community

This is the third module in a series of four developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to support health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care to achieve better outcomes. Module 3 contains chapters on the following:

  • Creating narratives
  • Considering psychosocial factors
  • Understanding context
  • Collecting data
  • Synthesising data into a meaningful and relevant formulatin
  • Practising formulations and comparing formulations using two case studies
  • Extra reading
  • Learning outcomes

“Really it’s about finding out about the trauma and the story that created that situation and the person’s strengths. Formulation is about asking:

Why is the person here now with these symptoms?”

“The storyline of somebody’s life, starting from the beginning, will remind us that this is a longitudinal study. It starts before the patient was even born in some cases.”