Putting Family Functioning at the Center of Assessment: Providing Safety, Well-Being and Permanence for Children. A Multidisciplinary Assessment Curriculum.
Zimmerman, L. Amodeo, M. Clay, C. M. Ellis, M. A.
Zero to Three, Boston, MA. Early Head Start National Resource Center.
Published: March 2001
Publication Information: Boston Univ., MA. School of Social Work.
Available from: Boston University, School of Social Work
264 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-4748 617-353-3750
Sponsoring Organization: Children's Bureau (DHHS), Washington, DC.
This training manual contains the curriculum and materials for a five-day, 25-hour course for social workers regarding the multidisciplinary assessment of family functioning. Emphasis is placed on forming partnerships with families to evaluate child safety, well-being, and permanency issues. Workers learn to involve community agencies in the assessment. The conceptual framework identifies six components of the assessment: understanding family functioning; engaging multi-stressed families; gathering information; identifying and addressing conditions that undermine family functioning and safety; formulating family dynamics; and seeking consultation. Internal and external functioning are addressed. Topics include: the ecological perspective of assessment; cultural issues; observing family interactions; collecting information from children and community providers; parental readiness for change; and considerations for cases involving domestic violence, mental health problems, and substance abuse. Outlines for presenters and overhead transparencies are included.
assessment; curricula; professional training; child safety; well being; family centered services; cultural competency; multidisciplinary teams; family engagement; workforce