Family Assessment Handbook An Introductory Practice Guide to Family Assessment

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2006-04-25
Publisher(s): CENGAGE Delmar Learning
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THE FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK is a basic practice guide for social work students and beginning human service professionals of "how to" do a family assessment for case intervention. It is based on person-environment (or, family systems) theory, drawing from evidence-based research for guiding practice decisions. This practical book presents the interplay of social work concepts, values, and skill dilemmas presented using case studies from the author's practice experience. By developing a "family journal," students can apply family systems thinking, theory, and concepts. The book is conceptualized as three teaching and learning units: Part One addresses the family systems assessment model; Part Two focuses on self-assessment and critical thinking through exploring the student's family system; and Part Three includes four case studies that illustrate the text's concepts.

Table of Contents

Foundations for Family Assessment and Intervention
The Context for Family Workp. 1
Family Definedp. 2
Family Contextp. 3
Beliefs, Preferences, and Factsp. 4
Personal Beliefsp. 4
Family Beliefsp. 5
Professional Beliefsp. 6
Practice Setting Beliefsp. 6
Legal Requirementsp. 7
Maintaining Ethical Standardsp. 7
Ethical Decision-Making Protocolp. 7
Confidentiality Concernsp. 8
Summaryp. 10
Learning Activitiesp. 11
A Framework for Understanding the Familyp. 13
Families and Environmentsp. 14
Getting Startedp. 14
Family Engagementp. 15
Guiding Principles of Assessmentp. 16
Approaches to Using Evidence-Based Assessmentp. 17
Elements of Assessmentp. 18
Purpose of Assessmentp. 18
The Assessment Processp. 19
The Frameworkp. 19
Assessment Toolsp. 20
Writing the Assessment Reportp. 22
Summaryp. 22
Learning Activitiesp. 23
Assessing Your Family and Critical Thinkingp. 25
Assessing Your Family Experiencesp. 25
Journal Writingp. 26
Why Critical Thinking?p. 26
How to Start Writing a Journalp. 27
What Will You Learn?p. 27
Learning Activitiesp. 28
Family Assessment and Intervention
The Family Systemp. 33
Familyp. 34
Theoretical Basis for Family Assessmentp. 35
Key Assumptionsp. 35
Key Conceptsp. 36
Family Developmentp. 41
Stagesp. 41
Tasksp. 42
Attachmentsp. 43
Family Structurep. 43
Family Culturep. 43
Family Beliefsp. 45
Family Traditions and Ritualsp. 45
Family Functioningp. 47
Summaryp. 49
Learning Activitiesp. 49
Intergenerational Family Systemsp. 51
Developmental Issuesp. 52
Social Support and Engagement in the Communityp. 52
Changes in Physical and Mental Healthp. 52
Declining Functional Abilitiesp. 53
Retirementp. 53
Widowhoodp. 53
Assessing Families Life Using the Life Course Perspectivep. 54
Transitions and Trajectoriesp. 54
Decision-Making Authorityp. 54
Caregiving for a Frail and Dependent Elderp. 56
Facilitating Residential Transitions for Older Adultsp. 57
Managing Multiple Work-Family Obligationsp. 57
Engaging Older Adults in Intergenerational Family Assessmentp. 57
Evidence-Based Intervention Strategiesp. 58
Summaryp. 58
Learning Activitiesp. 59
Family Assessmentp. 61
Preparation for the Assessmentp. 61
Assessment Approachesp. 62
Tools for Collecting and Organizing Clinical Datap. 63
The Family Interviewp. 63
Mapping and Graphic Toolsp. 66
Self-Report Toolsp. 75
Teaching and Role-Play Toolsp. 77
Issues of Concernp. 78
Culturally Sensitive Assessmentp. 78
Selecting Dimensions for Assessmentp. 78
Summaryp. 79
Learning Activitiesp. 80
Evidence-Based Family Interventionsp. 83
Developing an Intervention Planp. 84
Selecting Realistic Goalsp. 85
Focusing on Solutionsp. 85
Focusing on Family Strengthsp. 85
Changing Cognitionsp. 86
Changing Affective Factorsp. 87
Changing Behavioral Factorsp. 87
Creating Opportunitiesp. 88
Selecting Interventionsp. 89
Parent and Family-Based Strategiesp. 90
Changing Boundariesp. 91
Evidence-Based Family Interventionsp. 91
The Family Assessment Reportp. 92
Summaryp. 93
Learning Activitiesp. 93
Linking Assessment and Interventionp. 95
Selecting Measures to Usep. 95
Individualized Measuresp. 95
Standardized Measuresp. 96
Guidelines for Using Measurement Toolsp. 96
Measuring Common Family Problemsp. 97
Family Functioningp. 98
Child Problemsp. 98
Parent and Marital Problemsp. 98
Evaluating Family Changep. 100
Summaryp. 102
Learning Activitiesp. 103
Practicing Family Assessment: Case Studies
The Del Sol Family: Marital Conflict and Parenting Concernsp. 105
Case Study Activitiesp. 105
Writign an Assessment Reportp. 105
Family Interview-Role-Play for Assessment and Planningp. 106
The Del Sol Familyp. 107
Referral Routep. 107
Family Compositionp. 107
The Del Sol Family Genogramp. 108
The Family Systemp. 108
Family Background Informationp. 109
Family Strengths and Challengesp. 109
Intervention Planningp. 110
Assessment Toolsp. 110
Contractp. 111
The McCoy Family: Coping with a Mother's Death and Role Changep. 113
Case Study Activitiesp. 113
Family Assessment Reportp. 113
Family Interview-Role-Playp. 113
Family Needsp. 114
Case Study: The McCoy Familyp. 114
Referral Routep. 114
Family Compositionp. 114
The McCoy Family Genogramp. 115
The Family Systemp. 115
Family Background Informationp. 115
Developmental History of the Familyp. 116
Family Strengths and Challengesp. 116
Assessment and Plan for Familyp. 117
Planning for Servicesp. 117
The Yellowbird Family: Foster Care, Delinquency, and Transition to Independent Livingp. 119
Case Study Activitiesp. 119
Discuss the Casep. 119
Role-Playp. 120
Case Study: The Yellowbird Familyp. 121
Referral Sourcep. 121
Family Compositionp. 121
Family Background Informationp. 121
Placement Informationp. 121
Jason Yellowbird's Placement Sequencep. 124
The Foxx Family: Physical Abuse, Aggression, and Parent - Child Managementp. 125
Study Activitiesp. 125
Consider the Casep. 125
Web Site Explorationp. 126
Case Study: John Foxxp. 126
Identifying Informationp. 126
Presenting Problemp. 126
Assessment Plan for John Foxxp. 128
The Sherman Family: Applying for Adoptionp. 131
Study Activitiesp. 131
Assessmentp. 131
Discuss Attitudes, Beliefs, and Valuesp. 131
Design an Adoption Support Groupp. 131
The Sherman Family: Home Assessment Report for Private Adoptionp. 132
Identifying Information and Personal Historyp. 132
Family Dynamics and Community Relationshipsp. 135
Home and Neighborhoodp. 136
Incomep. 136
Understanding of Adoption and Motivationp. 136
Child Desiredp. 137
Referencesp. 137
Overview of Assessment Processp. 137
Recommendationp. 138
The Fernandez Family: Supporting an Older Adultp. 139
Study Activitiesp. 139
Case Study: The Fernandez Familyp. 140
The Jacques Family: Assessment and Intervention in Family Violencep. 141
Study Activitiesp. 141
Assessmentp. 141
Interventionp. 142
Cultural Issuesp. 142
Case Study: The Jacques Familyp. 142
Reason for Referralp. 142
Presenting Problemsp. 142
Family Historyp. 142
La Torre Family: A Young Adult with Mental Illnessp. 147
Study Activitiesp. 147
Psychoeducation Workshop Role-Playp. 147
Case Activities for Written Assignments or Class Discussionp. 148
Case Study: La Torre Familyp. 148
Referral Informationp. 148
Family Datap. 148
Presenting Problemp. 148
Family Historyp. 149
Assessment and Treatment Informationp. 149
Sources of Informationp. 149
Assessment Instrumentsp. 149
Intervention Selectionp. 150
Evidence-Based Intervention Strategyp. 150
Measuring and Evaluating Changep. 151
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 159
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