Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change

  • Jacob Z. GoldsmithEmail author
  • Lesley Fisher
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_404

Name and Type of Measure

The STIC (Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change) feedback system is an online self-report measure of client functioning that assesses individuals across multiple dimensions of functioning in multiple relationships (Pinsof 2017; Pinsof et al. 2009).


The STIC feedback system is a web-based tool for research and empirically informed therapy (Pinsof 2017). The system includes instruments for collecting clinical information from individuals, couples, and families before, during, and after therapy. It includes a web-based feedback system that therapists use to integrate that data into clinical practice. Finally, the STIC system includes a set of clinical best practices for integrating data into practice. In addition, the web-based nature of the system allows the exporting of data for research, and the data collection portion of the website can be configured for clinical trial use (i.e., to randomize clients into data-collection versus non-data-collection...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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