Relational formulation

Relational formulation

Working with young people experiencing severe and complex mental health problems (including personality disorder and eating disorders) can challenge clinicians and multidisciplinary teams causing clinicians or teams to feel frustrated, stuck and burnt out. Such challenges can result in disagreements, and sometimes inadvertently to responses to the young person or their system that can be unhelpful. The use of a reflective, relational model (based on Cognitive Analytic Therapy principles) to formulate challenging patterns of behaviour can assist clinicians to work together more consistently and effectively, to share the formulation with others in simple terms, and to avoid colluding with maladaptive patterns that might make things worse.

At the completion of this workshop you will:

  • understand the value of having a shared understanding of challenges;
  • be familiar with a simple, reflective model for use in team discussions;
  • understand the core relational concepts and how these might be helpful;
  • have practice mapping relational patterns;
  • have practice identifying the pulls to collude with maladaptive patterns; and
  • have practice using simple language to convey the relational formulation to others.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be delivering this workshop online.

The dates and times of delivery will be the same. The training will comprise didactic and interactive experiential sessions. The workshop will include PowerPoint slides, video clips, online documents, and both large and small group discussions.

Regular short breaks will be included throughout the training.

Participants will need a computer, laptop or tablet with internet access and a working camera and microphone to take part in the workshop.

Handouts and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to participants via email prior to the workshop.