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Family Assessment Handbook: An Introductory Practice Guide to Family Assessment, 3rd Edition

  • Barbara Thomlison Florida International University
  • ISBN-10: 0495601217  |  ISBN-13: 9780495601210
  • 224 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002
  • © 2010 | Published
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Providing practical information and theoretical foundations established on evidence-based methodology, Thomlison's text presents a step-by-step approach to family practice that teaches students to be critical thinkers for the study and practice of family work. Focusing on how to conduct a family assessment for case intervention, FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTORY PRACTICE GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, Third Edition, is based on family systems theory, and the family and environmental contexts in which family functioning is influenced. Within the family setting, evidence-based interventions are identified for guiding practice decisions. This practical guide illustrates the interplay of family structure and processes, family dynamics and patterns of interaction to show how those patterns influence family and child development.

Features and Benefits

  • FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTORY PRACTICE GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, Third Edition, addresses the needs of beginning professionals who need an effective, applied practice approach to changing social environments with ethnically and culturally diverse families.
  • Thomlison provides practical suggestions for both assessment and intervention activities within a multi-systems framework.
  • FAMILY ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK: AN INTRODUCTORY PRACTICE GUIDE TO FAMILY ASSESSMENT, Third Edition, features case studies that focus on particular populations and issues, assisting student learning with diverse family systems. It provides students with resources to assist in developing evidence-based practice competencies, attitudes, and skills that support working with diverse family systems through a professional and ethically sound approach.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

1. Family Contexts.
2. A Framework for Understanding Families.
3. Family Systems.
4. Intergenerational Family Systems.
5. Family Assessment.
6. Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention Strategies.
7. Evaluating Change.
8. Common Family Conflicts and Parenting Challenges.
9. Critical and Reflective Thinking.
10. Narratives: Journals, Stories, and Letter Writing.
11. Exploring You Own Family Systems.
12. The Yellowbird Family: Foster Care, Delinquency, and Transition to Independent Living.
13. The Foxx Family: Physical Abuse, Aggression, and Parent-Child Management.
14. The Sherman Family: Applying for Adoption.
15. The Fernandez Family: Supporting an Older Adult.
16. The Del Sol Family: Marital Conflict and Parenting Concerns.
17. The McCoy Family: Coping with Role Change after a Mother's Death.
18. The Jacques Family: Assessment and Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence.
19 Brief Case Studies.

What's New

  • To further expand on students' comprehension of the material, Thomlison has added engaging new activities, including one class conference activity, to the chapters and cases.
  • Many new family system theory concepts have been added to this edition.
  • Evidence-based practices for common family conflicts and parenting challenges sections include the most modern, effective strategies.
  • Additionally, the chapters on evidence-based family interventions and measuring & evaluating family change have been thoroughly revised to include the latest information available on these hot topics.
  • A new chapter with brief case studies has been added that includes interesting stories on intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, and parenting challenges.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara Thomlison

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.