Holistic assessment and formulation for young people and adults

NB. The workshop will be delivered by video-link rather than face to face due to the current Covid-19 circumstances. Please contact us for revised details.

A one-day workshop

Brisbane Saturday 25 April 2020                                            Register here

St Francis College, 233 Milton Road, Milton, Qld 4064

Fee: Earlybird $295 (before 28 March), Full fee $340, including lunch and refreshments


Sydney Wednesday 29 April 2020                                          Register here

Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Sydney, NSW 2134

Fee: Earlybird $295 (before 1 April), Full fee $340, including lunch and refreshments


Facilitated by Anthony Hillin

Venues are convenient for train, bus and free parking

Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

This workshop involves 6.5 hours of active learning CPD

The number of participants is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience


About the workshop

“Almost universally, young people, adults and practitioners embrace this model because when our assessment and formulation are truly holistic and collaborative, our hypothesis for understanding the client’s presentation is more likely to be accurate, engaging and to lead to effective change.”

                                                                                                                              Anthony Hillin

This practical workshop explores strategies for making the assessment and case formulation process meaningful for both the client and practitioner.

A holistic model for assessment, case conceptualisation and treatment will be outlined.  This framework expands the biopsychosocial model to include additional domains such as cultural, spiritual, historical, political and environmental factors.  Anthony has presented this and similar holistic models to several thousand clinicians in the UK and Australia.  The overwhelming feedback has been that the model is appropriate, engaging and helpful for young people and adults.  Although the relevant literature highlights the role of these additional domains in distress and healing, many clinicians feel less confident in assessing these factors.  For this reason, the workshop will provide opportunities to practice strategies, including a range of creative approaches for addressing these additional domains.

This model can be helpful for a wide range of young people and adults and can be particularly useful with complex presentations, where progress is unusually slow, or when you have a sense that you may have missed something in understanding the client’s presentation.

Following on from assessment, the workshop applies a holistic model to case formulation, the gateway from assessment to treatment.  You will practice skills in developing an integrated hypothesis that links the presenting problems with the holistic assessment and provides the client and their significant others with an accessible and believable pathway to improvement.  Further, you will explore strategies for involving clients in collaboratively developing the overt formulation.  This will include strategies to:

  • explore factors contributing to distress
  • discuss hypotheses about the presenting problems, including readiness to change
  • build engagement
  • provide evidence of client strengths and a believable rationale for a hopeful outcome
  • visually represent these assessment and formulation processes, including approaches adapted from eco-maps and the Tree of life technique.

Target audience

This course is designed for clinicians and has been highly evaluated by participants, including psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counsellors and occupational therapists.

Learning objectives

This workshop will:

  • demonstrate strategies for making the assessment and case formulation process engaging and meaningful for young people and adults
  • outline key components of the assessment and formulation process
  • provide opportunities to apply the holistic assessment and formulation model to your clients
  • provide brief examples of how this holistic assessment and formulation model can be applied to therapeutic frameworks, such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness approaches.

Learning methods

A variety of learning methods are employed, including didactic presentations, case-based learning, discussion, demonstrations and group activities.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their own cases.

How you will benefit from attending this workshop

You will have opportunities to:

  • gain experience applying a holistic framework of assessment and formulation to your clients
  • gain experience in using techniques for exploring social, cultural, spiritual, environmental, historical or political aspects of your client’s presentation
  • practice developing overt formulations which are engaging, accessible and which maximise the therapeutic value of the assessment process. This includes giving your client and their significant others greater insight and understanding, evidence for hope of recovery and a sense of the way forward.

Comments from previous workshop participants

“I love the resources and strategies – very practical content.”

“This was the best training I have been to in years.  It was practical and focused with the right amount diversity and I will do more in the future.”

“Clear and concise information and framework I can easily transition to my practice.  A good balance of experiential and theory.”

“Very well presented.  I thoroughly enjoyed.  Highly recommended.”

“An excellent seminar which provided the adolescent perspective… and some tools for IPT.”

“A great balance of theory and practical skills in engaging young people….  the skills learnt are also applicable to other client groups.”

“Anthony’s style was warm, engaging and respectful.”


Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 28 March (Brisbane workshop)/ 1 April (Sydney workshop). After these dates you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person, provided they are a member of the target audience (see above), but the fee will be non-refundable and non-transferable for credit on other workshop dates.


The number of places is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience.  We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment as the workshop regularly sells out in advance.

Registration and information:

Brisbane: Register here

Sydney: Register here

Payment is by credit card, or by cheque/EFT on enquiry

Enquiries: Colin Bisset or Anthony Hillin

e-mail: anthony@anthonyhillin.com

phone: (02) 9523 3567