FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, Fourth Edition, is a helpful book for readers preparing for a career working with families or who want to increase their knowledge of family sociology. With a focus on how to conduct a family assessment for case intervention, this practical guide offers a step-by-step approach to family practice. Fascinating family case studies demonstrate the process of assessment and selected interventions for working with diverse families. The Fourth Edition includes numerous resources to help readers develop evidence-based practice competencies, attitudes, and skills that support assessment of diverse family systems.
Dr. Barbara Thomlison is a professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Institute for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She obtained her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto. Her academic experiences involve various undergraduate and graduate programs, where she teaches advanced clinical practice and family intervention courses. Her research interests include parenting programs, children at risk of maltreatment, family and youth violence, foster care, and early childhood interventions. Dr. Thomlison's extensive publications include articles, chapters, and books in the areas of child maltreatment interventions, parenting for effectiveness, family assessment, risk and resilience, foster care, APA style, forensic assessment, intervention in child sexual abuse, evidence-based internships, and designing evidence-based intervention search strategies. She is actively involved as a board member in local and national child welfare, foster care, and family service organizations. Her lengthy interdisciplinary practice history also includes services to children and families, as well as policy services research.
Part I: INTRODUCING FAMILY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION. 1. Family Contexts. 2. A Framework for Understanding Families. 3. The Family System. 4. Core Tasks of Family Assessment. 5. Setting Goals and Selecting Family Interventions. Part II: EFFECTIVE FAMILY STRENGTHENING INTERVENTIONS: FAMILIES COPING WITH DIFFICULT LIFE STRESSORS. ????? 6. Standardized Measures. 7. Common Practice Approaches to Family Practice. 8. Families, Life Stressors, and Older Adults. 9. Evidence-Based Interventions for Strong Families. Part III: THE ROLE OF REFLECTIONS AND DISCLOSURE WRITING SKILLS FOR ENGAGING WITH FAMILIES. 10. Reflective Thinking and Reflective Writing. 11. Getting Connected With Your Own Family Systems.? Part IV: PRACTICING FAMILY ASSESSMENT THROUGH CASE STUDIES. 12. Sharon and Her Family. 13. The Foxx Family: Physical Abuse, Aggression, and Parent/Child Management. 14. The Fernandez Family: Supporting an Older Adult.? 15. The Del Sol Family: Marital Conflict and Parenting Concerns. 16. The McCoy Family: Coping with Role Change after a Mother's Death. 17. The Jacques Family: Assessment and Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence. 18. Brief Case Studies: Brittany and Her Family, Melissa and Her Family, Jeanine and Her Family. Appendix A: Checklist of Ethical Concerns. Appendix B: Contract for Goals and Service. Or, Sample Assessment and Plan for Service ?? noted in manuscript of final preface, dated 8-11-14? Appendix C: Assessment Report. Or, "Sample Assessment Reports" as noted in final preface (manuscript)? References.? Index.