Research tools

Family and couple measures, a systemic competence framework and several manuals including an evolving manual based on continual feedback are included.

SCORE-15 App.

SCORE is a self-report measure of family functioning and has been proved to be a reliable and valid index of therapeutic change. The Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre have created a free app for therapists to enable families to complete SCORE more easily and to use SCORE data within the therapy sessions by presenting the results visually for the family and therapist to look at together and to track changes over time. It is free to use. Therapists can register to use the app at the SCORE-15 App website.

The SCORE-15 is a measure which is acceptable to clients and can be used across all applications of systemic family and couple therapy. It is able to track progress and outcomes. It consists of 19 questions  which take less than 10 minutes for family members to complete. For more information on SCORE visit the SCORE page on the AFT website.

Systemic Therapy Competences Framework

Systemic competencies and manuals are referenced to here and below may be useful to draw on. The systemic competences were developed by a group of systemic psychotherapists working with Tony Roth and Steve Pilling at Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness (CORE) at University College London.

Leeds Systemic Family Therapy Manual

The manual is principally designed as a research tool for outcome studies in which the effectiveness of systemic therapy can be assessed. It therefore aims to offer a framework and guidelines for the implementation of systemic family therapy, so that therapists can offer a unified version of therapy, with some flexibility to express their own creativity.

Practice Based Evidence Based Practice

A fluid and evolving manual of Feedback-informed Integrative Therapy within Systems (FITS) has been developed and applied as a Practice Based Evidence Based Practice (PBEBP) which is able to fit with the uniqueness and complexity of family, social and cultural life.

Self Harm Intervention: Family Therapy (SHIFT).

The SHIFT Family Therapy Manual was adapted from the Leeds Family Therapy Research Centre Manual and developed for use in the Self Harm Intervention: Family Therapy (SHIFT) trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme (project no. 07/33/01).

Useful articles

Chenail, R.J. (2011) How to conduct clinical qualitative research on the patient’s experience. The Qualitative Report 16(4), pp. 1173-1190.

Corboz-Warnery, A., Fivaz-Depeursinge, E., Gertsch Bettens, C. and Favez, N. (1993) Systemic analysis of father-mother-baby interactions: The Lausanne triadic play, Infant Mental Health Journal, 14(4), pp. 298–316. doi: 10.1002/1097-0355(199324)14:4<298::AID-IMHJ2280140405>3.0.CO;2-#.

Olson, D.H., Waldvogel, L. & Schlieff, M. (2019) Circumplex model of marital and family systems: An update. Journal of Family Theory and Review 11(2) pp. 199-211.

Tilden, T & Wampole, B.E. (eds) (2017) Routine Outcome Monitoring in Couple and Family Therapy. The empirically informed therapist.  Springer.

Research references

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