The book is organized into three parts: An overview on families An overview of frequently used models of family therapy at the undergraduate level Presentation of ethics, trends, and services in counseling families Engaging transcripts of family counseling sessions bring concepts and theories to life while showing assessment tools, theories, needs for additional services, and ethical issues Case study approach allows students to follow how family counselors think and lets them examine family issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and co-parenting in blended families “Stop-and-Think“ features challenge students to expand their perspective from individuals to families and helps students learn to think about the family in terms of group dynamics Discussion topics and exercises aimed at using the students' own experiences with families as well as their reactions to the one they are following and experiential exercises are used throughout the book to illustrate and enhance learning
Chapter 3: Assessing Families Traditionally and Creatively
For many decades family counselors used assessment techniques designed for individuals rather than families. More recent research has focused on the development of valid measures for assessing family functioning versus individual issues. Olson (2000) developed a self-report instrument called the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES). Based on what he termed the Circumplex Model, this inventory is based on three dimensions of marital and family systems: cohesion, flexibility, and communication. For this inventory, each family member is instructed to complete the instrument twice, indicating both perceptions of current family functioning as well as one’s description of an ideal family. The discrepancy between the two sets of responses indicates how satisfied a family ...