The question cube: a model for developing question repertoire in training couple and family therapists

J Marital Fam Ther. 1997 Jan;23(1):27-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1997.tb00229.x.


This paper presents a three-dimensional model for teaching questioning to those wishing to develop skills in couple and family therapy. The model breaks questions into their component parts of format (the style of the question: open, closed, forced choice, rating, or ranking); orientation (the person who is being inquired about: self or other), and subject (the content of the question: behavior, feelings, beliefs, meaning, or relationship). The model is presented in the context of our post-Milan version of couple and family therapy training. The model is useful in that it allows students gradually to increase their repertoire of questions in a way that offers step-wise learning and integrates with their existing skills.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication*
  • Couples Therapy / education*
  • Curriculum
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Personnel / psychology
  • Humans
  • Marital Therapy / education*
  • Models, Educational*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*