Accurate assessment based on observable dynamics and gathered information is vital to determining the best approach to working with couples and families. With an accurate assessment, a counselor can then identify an intervention plan that is most appropriate for the couple or family and has the best probable change outcome.
In this Assignment, you will compare assessment tools and explain their use. You also will develop an intervention plan based on the data and information gathered in the assessment.
To prepare for this assignment:
•Consider how a counselor working with couples and families might assess clients for gender and cultural dynamics as well as for the role of spirituality in the couple or family.
•Consider the approaches to and elements of assessment and intervention, including assessment tools, reports, interview techniques, the components of evidence-based interventions, and the six goals of therapy.
•Consider the use of and guidelines for using assessment tools, including for monitoring and evaluation of progress during the course of therapy.
•Perform an online search for several of the assessment tools listed in Chapter 8 of the Family Assessment Handbook. Reflect on the use of these assessment tools in couples and family counseling.
•Review the Yellowbird family case study in Chapter 12 of the Family Assessment Handbook. Consider what assessment techniques and/or tools might be best for assessing this family in a couples and family counseling setting.
The assignment: (1–2 pages)
•Describe two potential assessment techniques and/or tools that might be used for the Yellowbird family case. Compare the major similarities and differences between the techniques and/or tools.
•Explain why each technique and/or tool might be used for assessment in this case. Evaluate which of the two would be the best technique and/or tool to use with this family and explain why.
•Develop the beginnings of an intervention plan for the Yellowbird family by identifying and describing one specific goal for three of the six goal focuses from Chapter 6 of the Family Assessment Handbook (focusing on solutions; focusing on family strengths; changing cognitions; changing affective factors; changing behavioral factors; creating opportunities).