Nicole Geach (DClinPsy trainee) and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published. The paper aims to: (1) characterise team formulation, based upon examples from practice; and (2) identify factors perceived to support or obstruct workable implementation in practice.

Four novel types of team formulation with different functions and forms are described: case review, formulating behaviour experienced as challenging, formulating the staff-service user relationship, and formulating with the service-user perspective. A number of factors perceived to support and obstruct team formulation were identified including team distress, facilitating change, managing difference and informing practice. These were found to be common across team formulation types.

The practical implications include using the identified team formulation types as a way to standardise team formulation practice.

Geach, N., De Boos, D. and Moghaddam, N. (2019), “Team formulation in practice: forms, functions, and facilitators”, Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 145-159.