Examining the potential impact of a family session in therapeutic assessment: A single-case experiment

Justin D. Smith, Christopher R N Nicholas, Leonard Handler, Michael R. Nash

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Abstract

Most clinicians concede the benefits of conceptualizing children in systemic terms. Yet, many child assessments involve parents only on a limited basis. The Therapeutic Assessment model for children and families (TA-C) emphasizes parental involvement and family-driven collaboration throughout the intervention. Child TA has shown promise as an effective brief intervention (e.g., Smith, Handler, Nash, 2010; Tharinger et al., 2009). Family intervention sessions (Finn, 2007; Tharinger, Finn, Austin, et al., 2008) are an integral component of the child TA model in facilitating familial changes. However, TA-C research has yet to empirically examine the potential impact of a family session on treatment trajectory. This case study includes an extended presentation of the development and execution of a family session. The authors use a daily measures time-series experiment to empirically examine the clinical effectiveness of the TA-C and the hypothesis that the family session was a tipping point in the trajectory of improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Smith, Justin D. ; Nicholas, Christopher R N ; Handler, Leonard ; Nash, Michael R. / Examining the potential impact of a family session in therapeutic assessment : A single-case experiment. In: Journal of Personality Assessment. 2011 ; Vol. 93, No. 3. pp. 204-212.
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In: Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 93, No. 3, 01.01.2011, p. 204-212.

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