Despite being a core component of a psychiatrist’s operational activity, the techniques to develop a psychiatric formulation and management plan along with presentation skills remain absent in mainstream textbooks. The Masterclass provides an effective and simple structure to develop a formulation and strategic management plan for your patient. With lecture videos and real-life case presentations (pdf files), the course has been developed from years of clinical practice.

Over 10 real-life case formulations are covered. Whether you are preparing for exams (RANZCP, BST, ABPN etc) or want to enhance your clinical practice, this is one course you want to make sure to have under your belt.

“Excellent course, very well structured, relevant to exam needs, provokes you to really modify and change your approach and attitude towards exams in specific and clinical practice in general.”

Ideally suited for

1. Observed Clinical Activity and OSCE Exams – RANZCP

2. Clinical Skills Verification Exam – American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

3. Clinical Formulation and Management Exam – College of Psychiatrists (Ireland)

4. Trainees and Consultants looking to develop Psychiatric presentation and letter writing skills.


This video provides you with a quick outline of the key aspects needed in preparing for a long case formulation and management in psychiatry.

  • Bio-Psycho-Social understanding
  • 4 Questions that matter in Psychiatry
  • Strategy
  • Important aspects of the Long Case
  • Strategic problem solving
  • Approach to assessment
  • History taking
  • Patient types
  • Opening statement and introduction
  • The interview
  • Establishing phase of illness
  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Useful questions
  • Psychosis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Dopamine pathways
  • Localisation of Schizophrenia symptoms
  • Role of the 5HT2A receptor
  • Mood disorders
  • Unipolar and Bipolar Depression
  • Anatomical localisation of Depressive symptoms
  • Anatomical localisation of Manic symptoms
  • Serotonin receptors
  • Estrogen and thyroid
  • Mechanism of action of mood stabilisers
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Forensic case
  • Spectrum bias
  • Principles of causality
  • Past psychiatric history
  • Past medical history
  • Is a medical evaluation important?
  • Family history
  • Personal history
  • Personality
  • Mental status examination
  • Cognition
  • Frontal
  • Parietal lobe
  • Schizophrenia and cognition
  • Insight
  • Compliance and barriers to recovery
  • Physical history and exam
  • Formulation matrix
  • Biological models
  • Psychological models
  • Erikson’s psychosocial development
  • Psychodynamic models
  • Structural models
  • Interpersonal model
  • Schema based models
  • The 6 domain management model
  • Risks and risk factors
  • Clarification of diagnosis
  • Treatment of psychiatric symptomatology
  • Long term treatment
  • Prognosis
  • Relapse prevention
  • Legal issues
  • Social and vocational rehabilitation
  • Enhancing compliance