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The Three Perspectives Diagnostic Model: How Can Diagnostics Be Used In The Gestalt Approach And In Psychiatry Without An Unproductive Competition.

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Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Gestalt Journal of Australia & New Zealand
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords Gestalt diagnosis; diagnostic model; Gestalt assessment; Gestalt case formulation; psychopathology; field theory
Description Gestalt therapists need to conceptualize their clinical work in order to intentionally differentiate their approach to different clients. Diagnosing is a natural and necessary part of the therapeutic process. However, it is a difficult task to build a coherent diagnostic system in Gestalt therapy, because Gestalt therapists use (and often combine) different perspectives of looking at the clinical situation. This article helps distinguish three common points of view of the Gestalt approach: the Field Theory Perspective, the Contextual Perspective and the Psychopathology Perspective. Adopting these perspectives consciously allows the therapist to take advantage of each of them and let them supplement each other to map the complex therapeutic situation more vividly. The author uses his psychiatric background to present the Three Perspectives Diagnostic Model which allows an avoidance of competition between the Gestalt approach versus the medical approach.
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