Identification of Predisposing Factors
After conducting a diagnostic interview and gathering information, the process of creating a clinical formulation for Mark began. The primary aim was to identify factors potentially predisposing him to the development of PTSD following a traumatic event.
The first factor to note is Mark’s pronounced conscientiousness and his strong sense of personal responsibility. As a dedicated police officer from a lineage of first responders, Mark takes immense pride in serving his community. His values of serving others, helping, and giving back to the community are intimately tied to his profession. While they lead to effective behaviors, they also exposed him to difficulties following the traumatic event.