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Family Assessment Handbook: An Introductory Practice Guide to Family Assessment 4th Edition

Barbara Thomlison

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Overview

In FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, 4th Edition students learn to develop multiple views of a problem and to integrate common skills from traditional, post-modern, and evidence-based systemic family models. This edition reflects a resilience-based and integrated family systems approach to practice. The first part presents relevant systems theory and concepts. The second part has been revised with updated assessment measures and interventions for common family issues. The third part addresses the role of reflection and disclosure writing skills. New cases and revised exercises are in Part Four. Also included are assessment reports, intervention contracts, and capstone assessment case presentations.

Barbara Thomlison, Florida International University

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.
  • The evidence base for the fourth edition has been updated, and reflects a resilience-based and integrated family systems approach to practice.
  • The book emphasizes strength-based approaches, including four common factors found in successful psychotherapy research. These factors-therapeutic alliance, shared sense of common purpose, family as collaborator, and use of evidence-based intervention practices-help clarify family systems concepts for the novice practitioner.
  • The author discusses assessment issues in ethnically diverse populations, helping students better understand and conduct culturally competent assessments.
  • Case studies focus on particular populations and issues, helping students develop professional, ethical, and evidence-based practice competencies, attitudes, and skills for working with diverse family systems.
  • All of the book's cases, activities, and concepts emphasize the complex interplay of multi-systemic family practice.
  • The family case studies—taken directly from practice experience of the author and collaborators—guide students through the process of assessment and introduce selected interventions for working with diverse families. Two new case studies have been added.
  • FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTION AND PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, Fourth Edition, provides beginning professionals with an effective, applied practice approach to changing social environments with ethnically and culturally diverse families.

Family Assessment Handbook: An Introductory Practice Guide to Family Assessment

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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.