Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Assessment in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Lane L. RitchieEmail author
  • Kayla Knopp
  • Galena K. Rhoades
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_384

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Assessment in Couple and Family Therapy


Clinical interviews; Questionnaires; Semi-structured interviews


Assessment in couple and family therapy refers to the process by which a therapist evaluates the clients’ individual and dyadic characteristics, and environmental circumstances. Clinical assessment is aimed at evaluating the nature, scope, and severity of the presenting concerns. It also includes collecting relevant information that may assist in selecting an appropriate course of treatment and establishing methods for evaluating progress throughout treatment. Often, assessment is thought of as a first step in treatment, aimed at identifying targets of intervention and guiding treatment planning. However, assessment can be used throughout treatment in order to monitor progress and make decisions about termination; furthermore, assessment itself can be used as a therapeutic intervention.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lane L. Ritchie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kayla Knopp
    • 1
  • Galena K. Rhoades
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverDenverUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA