Calgary Family Assessment Model Paper

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The Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM) uses three major categories (structural, developmental, and functional) in order to assess a family and allow for a helpful resource to use within issue resolution (Wright & Leahey, 2013). Within each category there are multiple different subcategories. Structural assessments of a family may require an assessment of different aspects within the structure of the family such as internal, external, and context. The purpose of assessing the structure of the family is to understand who is in the family, what connections are present among the family members versus those that are outside of the family, and the context of the family. Developmental assessments can in tell the subcategories of stage, task, and attachment. Developmental assessments have a purpose understanding the family’s developmental life cycle, where each family is and what is needed and their functions at this point of assessment. Functional assessment looks at instrumental and expressive aspects within the function of the family. The purpose of functional assessment of a family is to assess how individuals within the family behaves or acts in relation to one another. In order to assess the family, assessing a …show more content…

Understanding the internal structure of a family, the assessment must look at six different aspects of the internal family structure: family composition, gender, sexual orientation, rank order, subsystems, and boundaries (Wright & Leahey, 2013). Each different aspects contributes a piece to the internal structure of the family. Within the family composition, assessing the family unit or system, whether or not members are blood related, does the family contain children, the future commitment obligations (if any), and any caregiving functions to unit members (Wright & Leahey,

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