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Clinician's Guide to Research Methods in Family Therapy

A research methods text with a unique focus on evidence-based practice with couples and families, this book bridges the divide between research and clinical work. The text offers comprehensive, user-friendly coverage of measurement and design issues and basic qualitative and quantitative methods. Illustrating research concepts with clinically relevant examples and sample studies, it teaches clear steps for evaluating different types of studies and identifying common threats to validity. Of special value to therapists, it provides a systematic framework for using research to guide the selection and evaluation of interventions that meet the needs of particular clients. Pedagogical features: *End-of-chapter "Applications" sections showing how to evaluate specific methods. *Appendices with quick-reference guides and recommended resources. *Instructive glossary. See also the authors' Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Third Edition: From the First Interview to Termination, which addresses all aspects of real-world clinical practice, and Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists, which shows how to weave assessment into all phases of therapy.
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Table of Contents

1. Learning to Apply Research: Why Bother? I. Research Foundations 2. Measurement 3. Internal Validity and Experiments 4. External Validity and Sampling 5. Survey Research 6. Qualitative Research 7. Miscellaneous Research Designs 8. Ethics and Values in Research 9. Descriptive Statistics 10. Inferential Bivariate Statistics 11. A Beginner's Guide to Multivariate Statistics II. Evidence-Based Practice 12. What Is an Evidence-Based Approach? 13. Ask and Acquire: Creating Questions and Conducting a Search 14. Appraise: Reading and Evaluating Research Articles and Systematic Reviews 15. Apply I: Translating Research Findings into Clinical Practice 16. Apply II: Utilizing Couple and Family Therapy Research in Clinical Practice 17. Apply III: How to Talk to Clients about an Evidence-Based Approach 18. Analyze and Adjust: Evaluating Your Clinical Work 19. The Future of Evidence-Based Practice: Looking into the Crystal Ball Appendix I. Evidence-Based Practice Pocket Guide (the Five A's) Appendix II. Guide to Evaluating Research Studies Appendix III. Evidence-Based Practice Resources Glossary

About the Author

Lee Williams, PhD, LMFT, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. His research interests include family therapy training, marriage preparation, and couples with religious differences. Dr. Williams is coauthor (with JoEllen Patterson, Todd M. Edwards, et al.) of Essential Skills in Family Therapy, Second Edition, and Essential Assessment Skills for Couple and Family Therapists. JoEllen Patterson, PhD, LMFT, is Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. She is also a voluntary Clinical Associate Professor in the Divisions of Family Medicine and Global Health as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She serves on the editorial boards of Families, Systems, and Health and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Patterson is coauthor (with Todd M. Edwards et al.) of The Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology, Revised Edition. Her Fulbright Scholarships have allowed her to work in Norway, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. Todd M. Edwards, PhD, LMFT, is Professor and Director of the Marital and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, and provides individual and family therapy in the Division of Family Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. His research and teaching interests focus on the integration of family-oriented mental health services into primary care settings; family therapy training; and male friendship in adulthood. He is Associate Editor of Families, Systems, and Health.


"Ideally suited for students and therapists invested in learning more about the research process in order to be optimally effective clinicians. This reader-friendly text, written by leaders in the marital and family therapy field, brings research to life in a way that is engaging, comprehensible, and clinically applicable. By mastering effective strategies for integrating state-of-the-art research into practice, clinicians at all stages of development will find their psychotherapeutic endeavors and outcomes enhanced enormously."--Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University; past president, American Psychological Association "Williams, Patterson, and Edwards have created a resource where none existed before--an accessible book about research for practitioners and students working with couples and families. The first part of the book provides a wonderfully succinct primer on research methods; the second part treads previously unexplored territory by offering an entree into evidence-based practice. The volume guides readers to the essential information they need about research: what it is, how to find and appraise it, how best to incorporate evidence-based methods into practice, and how to evaluate clients' progress. This book should become the core research methods text for master's-level programs in marital and family therapy, counseling, and psychology."--Jay L. Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, Senior Scholar and Clinical Professor, The Family Institute at Northwestern University "This book issues a clarion call to clinicians to become research informed. It fills a crucial gap by showing how to critically read and understand research and how to apply evidence-based approaches in complex, flesh-and-blood clinical cases. The volume contains a treasure trove of resources that will be as valuable to instructors as to their students. This text will revolutionize how research methods are taught in master's-level mental health training programs; doctoral students will love the lists of websites, instruments, and other resources for evidence-based practice."--Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, Department of Child Development and Family Studies (Emeritus), Purdue University "This easy-to-read text introduces clinicians to basic concepts of research methodology, such as measurement, surveys, statistics, and designs. It enables readers to read and understand research literature with confidence. I highly recommend it for use with marriage and family therapy students."--Reo Leslie, DMin, LMFT, LPC, Director, The Colorado School for Family Therapy "This book meets my need for an MFT research methods text that addresses both research methods fundamentals and the elements of evidence-based practice (EBP). I want my master's-level students to learn how to locate and evaluate research literature in order to guide their clinical work. The text is accessible, clear, pragmatic, and engaging. It guides readers through the five steps of EBP, providing them with the tools and resources necessary to integrate EBP into their clinical practice."--Mark White, PhD, LMFT, Director, MFT Doctoral Programs, Northcentral University "I recommend this brilliant text for any graduate-level couple and family therapy research methods course. I would have loved having a book like this when I was learning research methods and statistics. My students are constantly saying how readable and straightforward the chapters are. The authors have done an exceptional job of making the content easy to comprehend and assimilate into everyday clinical practice, helping to inspire a generation of clinicians to employ evidence-based intervention strategies."--Christopher K. Belous, PhD, Master of Family Therapy Program, Mercer University

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