Tilman Furniss, MD, Dipl Soz, is a Clinical Assistant, and Arnon Bentovim, MBBS, FRC Psych, is a Consultant Psychiatrist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, England WCIN 3JH.
CLINICAL PROCESS RECORDING IN FOCAL FAMILY THERAPY*
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 147–170, April 1983
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Furniss, T., Bentovim, A. and Kinston, W. (1983), CLINICAL PROCESS RECORDING IN FOCAL FAMILY THERAPY. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 9: 147–170. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1983.tb01496.x
*The family therapy case described in this paper was presented regularly in a workshop attended by Anne Elton and Roy Howarth whose helpful comments are appreciated. Financial support was received from the Leverhulme Trust.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
A method for systematically recording the process of family therapy (the Focal Therapy Record Sheet) is described, based on the focal approach developed in earlier papers by the authors. It demands a conceptual distinction between assessment of families and treatment techniques and embodies continuous evaluation of family improvement according to specific criteria. A detailed case illustration showing the Sheets completed for each of 14 sessions after two diagnostic interviews is provided, together with an anecdotal-style account. The value of the instrument for teaching purposes, in routine clinical work and for research is discussed.