Clinician's Guide to Research Methods in Family Therapy: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice

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Overview

A research methods text with a unique focus on evidence-based practice with couples and families, this book bridges the divide between research and clinical work. The text offers comprehensive, user-friendly coverage of measurement and design issues and basic qualitative and quantitative methods. Illustrating research concepts with clinically relevant examples and sample studies, it teaches clear steps for evaluating different types of studies and identifying common threats to validity. Of special value to therapists, it provides a systematic framework for using research to guide the selection and evaluation of interventions that meet the needs of particular clients. Pedagogical features:
• End-of-chapter "Applications" sections showing how to evaluate specific methods.
• Appendices with quick-reference guides and recommended resources.
• Instructive glossary. 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 Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists, which shows how to weave assessment into all phases of therapy.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This book addresses the basics of research methods used in the field of couple and family therapy, emphasizing the importance of an evidence-based approach.
Purpose: This work is meant to encourage evidence-based practice in the field of family therapy, addressing why it is needed, how clinicians can be research-informed, and how they can evaluate research studies. It also informs practitioners about the basics of research and measurements methods. The authors excel in making rather cumbersome research language accessible to clinicians and master's-level students.
Audience: This is intended primarily as a textbook for master's-level research methods classes in family therapy, but it is also useful for the larger audience of clinicians in this field. The authors are all respected researchers and educators in marriage and family therapy, as well as well-known presenters at conferences and symposiums.
Features: In a way, this book is already becoming a classic on research methods for marriage and family therapy students. In addition to providing students with basic research methods concepts, ethics, and some specifics of conducting research with couples and families, the authors do an excellent job of advocating for evidence-based practice as well as educating clinicians about evaluating and implementing research findings in practice.
Assessment: This is an excellent and much needed work on research methods for master's-level students in marriage and family therapy.
From the Publisher

"This book issues a clarion call to clinicians to become research informed. It fills a crucial gap by showing how to critically read and understand research and how to apply evidence-based approaches in complex, flesh-and-blood clinical cases. The volume contains a treasure trove of resources that will be as valuable to instructors as to their students. This text will revolutionize how research methods are taught in master's-level mental health training programs; doctoral students will love the lists of websites, instruments, and other resources for evidence-based practice."--Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Department of Child Development and Family Studies (Emeritus), Purdue University

"Williams, Patterson, and Edwards have created a resource where none existed before--an accessible book about research for practitioners and students working with couples and families. The first part of the book provides a wonderfully succinct primer on research methods; the second part treads previously unexplored territory by offering an entrée into evidence-based practice. The volume guides readers to the essential information they need about research: what it is, how to find and appraise it, how best to incorporate evidence-based methods into practice, and how to evaluate clients' progress. This book should become the core research methods text for master's-level programs in marital and family therapy, counseling, and psychology."--Jay L. Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

"Ideally suited for students and therapists invested in learning more about the research process in order to be optimally effective clinicians. This reader-friendly text, written by leaders in the marital and family therapy field, brings research to life in a way that is engaging, comprehensible, and clinically applicable. By mastering effective strategies for integrating state-of-the-art research into practice, clinicians at all stages of development will find their psychotherapeutic endeavors and outcomes enhanced enormously."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; President (2014), American Psychological Association

 

From the Publisher

"Ideally suited for students and therapists invested in learning more about the research process in order to be optimally effective clinicians. This reader-friendly text, written by leaders in the marital and family therapy field, brings research to life in a way that is engaging, comprehensible, and clinically applicable. By mastering effective strategies for integrating state-of-the-art research into practice, clinicians at all stages of development will find their psychotherapeutic endeavors and outcomes enhanced enormously."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; President (2014), American Psychological Association

"Williams, Patterson, and Edwards have created a resource where none existed before--an accessible book about research for practitioners and students working with couples and families. The first part of the book provides a wonderfully succinct primer on research methods; the second part treads previously unexplored territory by offering an entrée into evidence-based practice. The volume guides readers to the essential information they need about research: what it is, how to find and appraise it, how best to incorporate evidence-based methods into practice, and how to evaluate clients' progress. This book should become the core research methods text for master's-level programs in marital and family therapy, counseling, and psychology."--Jay Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

"This book issues a clarion call to clinicians to become research informed. It fills a crucial gap by showing how to critically read and understand research and how to apply evidence-based approaches in complex, flesh-and-blood clinical cases. The volume contains a treasure trove of resources that will be as valuable to instructors as to their students. This text will revolutionize how research methods are taught in master's-level mental health training programs; doctoral students will love the lists of websites, instruments, and other resources for evidence-based practice."--Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Department of Child Development and Family Studies (Emeritus), Purdue University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462515974
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 345,510
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Lee Williams, PhD, LMFT, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. His research interests include family therapy training, marriage preparation, and couples with religious differences. Dr. Williams is coauthor (with JoEllen Patterson, Todd M. Edwards, et al.) of Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Second Edition, and Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists.
 
JoEllen Patterson, PhD, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. She is also a voluntary Clinical Associate Professor in the Divisions of Family Medicine and Global Health as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She serves on the editorial boards of Families, Systems, and Health and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Patterson is coauthor (with Todd M. Edwards et al.) of The Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology, Revised Edition. Her Fulbright Scholarships have allowed her to work in Norway, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.
 
Todd M. Edwards, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, and provides individual and family therapy in the Division of Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. His research and teaching interests focus on the integration of family-oriented mental health services into primary care settings; family therapy training; and male friendship in adulthood. He is Associate Editor of Families, Systems, and Health.
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Table of Contents


1. Learning to Apply Research: Why Bother?
I. Research Foundations
2. Measurement
3. Internal Validity and Experiments
4. External Validity and Sampling
5. Survey Research
6. Qualitative Research
7. Miscellaneous Research Designs
8. Ethics and Values in Research
9. Descriptive Statistics
10. Inferential Bivariate Statistics
11. A Beginner's Guide to Multivariate Statistics
II. Evidence-Based Practice
12. What is an Evidence-Based Approach?
13. Ask and Acquire: Creating Questions and Conducting a Search
14. Appraise: Reading and Evaluating Research Articles and Systematic Reviews
15. Apply I: Translating Research Findings into Clinical Practice
16. Apply II: Utilizing Couple and Family Therapy Research in Clinical Practice
17. Apply III: How to Talk to Clients about an Evidence-Based Approach
18. Analyze and Adjust: Evaluating Your Clinical Work
19. The Future of Evidence-Based Practice: Looking into the Crystal Ball
Appendix I. Evidence-Based Practice Pocket Guide (the Five A's)
Appendix II. Guide to Evaluating Research Studies
Appendix III. Evidence-Based Practice Resources
Glossary
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