Four Session Assessment in Couple Therapy, The
Name and Type of Assessment Procedure
The Four Session Evaluation is a semi-structured interview procedure that is used both as an intervention and as an assessment in the first four sessions of couple therapy.
Couple problems involve multiple factors that the therapist needs to understand including the individual, the relationship, the environmental contexts in which the individuals and the relationship operate within, as well as the bidirectional influences of each (Stanton and Welsh 2011). In an attempt to embrace and disentangle that complexity, many therapists use a format commonly referred to as the four session evaluation (Chambers 2012; Karpel 1994). This interview model is transtheoretical and systemic; thus, it can be used with any theoretical orientation.
Mark Karpel (1994), to the best knowledge available, was the first person to write on this procedure in his book, Evaluating Couples. Since then, although other practitioners have used a similar...
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