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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This is a comprehensive assessment skills book for beginning marriage and family therapists.
Purpose: The purpose is to help therapists learn essential assessment skills from a systemic perspective. No other book in the field addresses this topic specifically and exclusively.
Audience: The authors wrote the book with marriage and family therapy students and beginning practitioners in mind.
Features: While covering a broad area of assessment topics, the authors make sure they keep the focus on a systemic perspective. They provide useful information about assessment for issues such as safety or psychopathology, as well as more complex topics such as assessing family dynamics, multigenerational patterns, or couple issues. The chapter on assessing safety is particularly well written and very comprehensive.
Assessment: This is a unique book in the field of marriage and family therapy, and a very useful one, especially for beginning practitioners. It is an excellent book that can be used in class, with marriage and family therapy students in their first year of study. Combining the individual assessment skills with the systemic evaluation is especially helpful for students at this stage of their education.