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Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists (Guilford Family Therapy)by Lee Williams
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Book News Annotation:
In this companion text to their volume Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Williams et al. (marital and family therapy, U. of San Diego) provide a guide for beginning therapists and students in family therapy, social work, clinical psychology, and counseling that overviews assessment for couples and families. They emphasize the clinical interview, but include discussion of assessment instruments, and present a biopsycho-social-systems model and a variety of theories, arguing that the best theory for a case will emerge from the data. They discuss the assessment of safety, health and well-being, and psychopathology and disorders in adults and children; family interaction, the multigenerational family through time, and couples; and treatment and all phases of therapy. Topics include sexual issues, infidelity, premarital counseling, same-sex couples, suicide, child and elder abuse, and domestic violence. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Showing how to weave assessment into all phases of therapy, this indispensable text and practitioner guide is reader friendly, straightforward, and practical. Specific strategies are provided for evaluating a wide range of clinical issues and concerns with adults, children and adolescents, families, and couples. The authors demonstrate ways to use interviewing and other techniques to understand both individual and relationship functioning, develop sound treatment plans, and monitor progress. Handy mnemonics help beginning family therapists remember what to include in assessments, and numerous case examples illustrate what the assessment principles look like in action with diverse clients.
See also the authors' Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Second Edition: From the First Interview to Termination, which addresses all aspects of real-world clinical practice, and Clinician's Guide to Research Methods in Family Therapy.
About the Author
Lee Williams, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and does couple therapy with veterans at the VA San Diego Medical Center.
Todd M. Edwards, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
JoEllen Patterson, PhD, is Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Larry Chamow, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego and is in full-time private practice at the Pacific Family Institute in Carlsbad, California.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Assessment
2. Tools for Assessment
3. The Initial Interview
4. Assessing Issues of Safety
5. Assessing Health and Well-Being in Adults
6. Assessing Adults for Psychopathology
7. Assessing Children and Adolescents
8. Assessing for Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
9. Assessing Family Interaction
10. Assessing the Multigenerational Family through Time
11. Assessing Couples
12. Special Topics in Couple Assessment
13. From Assessment to Treatment (and Beyond)
Appendix. Summary of Assessment Tools, Instruments, and Mnemonics
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