MNHS: Psychology case report

What is the psychology case report?

The psychology case report is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have developed a comprehensive formulation and a management plan for a patient that they have personally interviewed. This assessment task aligns closely with the day-to-day work produced in the psychology profession.

The case report should document a thorough assessment, demonstrate the student's capacity to appreciate the patient's experience, present an attempt to understand why this patient is ill in this way at this time, and describe what management will be required to facilitate this patient's return to best possible functioning.

Report structure

The information provided in this resource will assist you with structuring information, communicating reasoning, and checking your application of English grammar in the Psychological case report.

The report structure is based on recommendations outlined in the recommended reading for this assignment task: Chapter 6 of

Bloch, S., Green, S. A., Janca, A., Mitchell, P. B. & Robertson, M. R. (Eds.). (2017). Foundations of Clinical Psychiatry (4th ed.). Melbourne University Press.


  1. Case History

    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 History of Presenting Complaint
    1.3 Past Psychiatric History
    1.4 Past Medical History
    1.5 Family History
    1.6 Personal History

  2. Mental State Examination (MSE)
  3. Physical Examination
  4. Summary and Diagnosis
  5. Formulation
  6. Management

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