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 in 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.
Reviews and Endorsements:
"In the ever-increasing literature of couple and family therapy, there continues to be a dearth of attention paid to important everyday issues, relevant perspectives, and usable methods of clinical assessment. This book is the best remedy thus far for this state of affairs. Like the authors' related book Essential Skills in Family Therapy, it is highly accessible, readable, and practical. Wisely integrative, it pays well-warranted attention to 'individual' issues without ever losing its systemic-relational core, and will be an especially welcome guide for neophyte family therapists."--Alan S. Gurman, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Family Therapy Training, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
"Masterfully conceived and brilliantly presented, this book focuses on the necessary and inevitable interdependence of assessment and intervention. The relevance and range of issues and populations covered is impressive. The authors succeed in offering a practical, straightforward reference tool for all couple and family therapists. Too often, clinical books fail to represent the foundational nature of assessment. This book not only understands this relationship, it also delivers, demonstrating how change strategies and methods flow logically and directly from comprehensive systemic assessment. This is a wonderful 'how-to' volume on a fundamental and timeless topic. It is a great companion to the authors' other book, Essential Skills in Family Therapy."--Howard A. Liddle, EdD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
"As the title indicates, this comprehensive book is essential reading for all marital and family therapists."--Daniel Le Grange, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago
"Williams et al. provide beginning family therapists with a comprehensive roadmap for assessing key areas that may contribute to couples' and families' difficulties. Unlike other couple and family therapy texts, this book strongly emphasizes that assessment isn't just a prelude to treatment; rather, the two are vitally interconnected. It helps readers hone their observation and listening skills so they are better able to assess clients accurately and treat them effectively. This book will serve as an excellent text for graduate-level courses."--Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, Codirector, Partners for Collaborative Solutions, Evanston, Illinois
"This well-organized text will serve as a fine resource for students and early career professionals working in the field of couple and family therapy."--Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine