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ERIC Number: ED471322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Family Issues Related to the Presenting Problem.
Pelsma, Dennis
The purpose of this chapter is to provide counselors with a road map that will help in the assessment phase of the family counseling process. Understanding the influence of the family system is extremely helpful when working with individual clients (especially children and adolescents). The presenting problem or concern may not be directly related to the family, but the family may unknowingly be encouraging the problem in some direct or indirect way. Without knowledge and understanding of family influences on the presenting problem, counselor's influence and the client's efforts to change often are fruitless. (Contains 34 references.) (GCP)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Counselors
Language: English
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