Integrating Externalization and Scaling Questions: Using “Visual” Scaling to Amplify Children's Voices
Department of Family Therapy
Journal of Systemic Therapies
This paper presents a technique that combines externalizing the problem with scaling questions called “visual” scaling. With children, the use of visual scaling helps make change in therapy more concrete, graphic, and achievable, thereby allowing the therapist the opportunity to gauge the child's impression of change between sessions. A case example illustrates how visual scaling permits children to have more voice in therapy.
Shilts, L., & Reiter, M. D. (2000). Integrating Externalization and Scaling Questions: Using “Visual” Scaling to Amplify Children's Voices. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 19 (1), 82-89. https://doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2000.19.1.82