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.
Table of Contents
Part I: FOUNDATIONS FOR FAMILY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION.
1. Family Contexts.
2. A Framework for Understanding Families.
3. Family Systems.
4. Intergenerational Family Systems.
Part II: FAMILY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION.
5. Family Assessment.
6. Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention Strategies.
7. Evaluating Change.
8. Common Family Conflicts and Parenting Challenges.
Part III: PREPARING FOR FAMILY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION.
9. Critical and Reflective Thinking.
10. Narratives: Journals, Stories, and Letter Writing.
11. Exploring You Own Family Systems.
Part IV: PRACTICING FAMILY ASSESSMENT THROUGH CASE STUDIES.
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.