Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists by Lee Williams PhD LMFT, Todd M. Edwards PhD LMFT, JoEllen

By Lee Williams PhD LMFT, Todd M. Edwards PhD LMFT, JoEllen Patterson PhD, Larry Chamow PhD LMFT

Displaying how one can weave evaluation into all levels of treatment, this quintessential textual content and practitioner consultant is reader pleasant, basic, and functional. particular suggestions are supplied for comparing a variety of scientific concerns and issues in adults, young children and youth, households, and undefined. The authors reveal how you can use interviewing and different innovations to appreciate either person and courting functioning, increase sound healing procedures, and computer screen development. convenient mnemonics aid starting relatives therapists have in mind what to incorporate in checks, and various case examples illustrate what the overview ideas appear like in motion with varied consumers.

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A couple, for example, might be asked to identify what they like about each other, revealing personal strengths. In addition, they can be asked to comment on relationship strengths, which might include shared personal interests or goals, or compatibility in personalities. Assessing for strengths is important for a number of reasons. First, identifying strengths can help instill a sense of hope, which may be in short supply in the beginning of therapy. A couple discouraged in their relationship may reconnect with the positive feelings they once felt for one another by talking about how they first met.

Juanita said that although she still cared for her husband, she did not think that the marriage would work out. She was waiting to leave the marriage until her husband’s current health issues were resolved and he was capable of taking care of himself without her aid. However, she was hoping that therapy would make their relationship more peaceful until such time as she could leave. During the relationship evaluation, it became evident that Juanita was reenacting a pattern seen in many of her past intimate relationships.

If cutoffs or norms are available, you should determine if the sample upon which the instrument’s norms or cutoffs were established is representative of your client. Norms for an instrument based on a white, middle-class sample, for example, should be applied to culturally diverse individuals with caution. When you present the results of the assessment instrument(s) to your client, it is wise to ask if he or she agrees with the results. If the client disagrees, he or she may be able to provide additional information that puts the results in a different light.

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