Clinical Case Studies is a journal devoted to the write up of case studies. To quote the site:
It presents cases involving individual, couples, and family therapy.
The easy-to-follow case presentation format allows you to learn how
interesting and challenging cases were assessed and conceptualized,
and how treatment followed such conceptualization. This practical
format allows clinicians to replicate successful treatments in their
Articles follow a 12 step format:
- Theoretical and Research Basis for Treatment
- Case Introduction
- Presenting Complaints
- Case Conceptualization (this is where the clinician’s thinking and treatment selection come to the forefront)
- Course of Treatment and Assessment of Progress
- Complicating Factors (including medical management)
- Access and Barriers to Care
- Follow-Up (how and how long)
- Treatment Implications of the Case
- Recommendations to Clinicians and Students.
You can search within the publication using Google Scholar (publication = clinical case studies).
If price per article is an issue, a few options include:
- get access through a library or university.
- Subscribe to the entire journal ( this is generally cheaper than per article costs).
- examine the subset of articles where authors provide a copy of the PDF online. In Google scholar, see the articles with [PDF] in brackets.
E.g., See this example by Leedy, Jackson, and Callahan (2007):
The following case study illustrates a client-centered,
cognitive-behavioral approach to the psychological treatment of Mr. M,
a 41-year-old male diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, a mood
disorder from Lyme disease, and narcissistic personality disorder. Mr.
M’s personality difficulties are conceptualized as representing
compensatory narcissism, a strategic way of coping with feelings of
insecurity. The goals of treatment included positively integrating Mr.
M’s chronic illness into his identity, decreasing depressive symptoms,
and improving his interpersonal skills. Treatment was successful in
decreasing both Mr. M’s depressive symptoms and his narcissistic
orientation to thinking and interacting with others.
- Leedy, M.J., Jackson, M. & Callahan, J.L. (2007). Treating Depression and Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Style in a Man With Chronic Lyme Disease. Clinical Case Studies, 6, 430-442. PDF