Assessment in Marital & Family Counseling – EDCO 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An in-depth examination of the types of assessment used in marital counseling. Students will learn how to select the best instrument for a particular situation, how to administer these, and how to interpret the results.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

With the ever-changing definition of what “family” means, the counselor must increase his/her knowledge and skill-set for dealing with the variety of ways that families and couples will come to him/her for help. The counselor will learn how to gather as much information as possible early in the counseling sessions, and then how to take that information and use it for his/her treatment plan. This information can also be used to decide whether clients are making progress in treatment, and if they are ready for the end of treatment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply assessment principles and methods for selecting and administering appropriate instruments in marriage and family
  2. Differentiate and apply strategies for interpreting assessment data, and the evaluation of the instruments used in marriage and family
  3. Identify and apply general principles and methods of case conceptualization, assessment, and/or diagnoses of mental and emotional status as it relates to marriage, couples, and family
  4. Appraise ethical and legal considerations in understanding the use of assessments in marriage and family

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum.

Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. A minimum of 2 references (except in the last Discussion Board) in current APA format are required and only journal articles and/or textbooks are permitted be used. Additionally, the student is required to reply to 3 classmates’ threads during the following module/week. Each reply must be 100–200 words, and must include at least 1 reference from journal articles and/or textbooks to back up his/her reply.

Case Studies (3)

The student will write three 5–8-page Case Study papers in current APA format. The first Case Study covers a non-married couple, the second a married couple with no children, and the third a family. Each paper must include at least 4–5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. All quizzes are open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.