A Family Assessment is an assessment of the safety and overall functioning of you and your family to guide recommendations for treatment and other intervention services. It typically includes the person served and caregivers (which may include biological parents, step-parents, or legal guardians) in the home.

Who Can Complete: A mental health practitioner (LIMHP, LMHP, Psychologist, etc) with training and experience in family dynamics and therapy. The practitioner may be associated with a family intervention such as IFP (Intensive Family Preservation).

What this evaluation should include:

  • Presenting Problem/Reason for Referral
  • Family Structure
  • Family History
  • Educational/Employment History of caregivers
  • Current Living Arrangements
  • Family Dynamics and Functioning
  • Household Rules and Structure
  • Safety Concerns
  • Family Mental Health/Substance Abuse History
  • Family Strengths/Assets
  • Concerns/Liabilities
  • Summary and Recommendations

When to refer:

  • When the concern is about the quality of family relationships and/or the adequate functioning of the family to protect and nurture children.

Summary: A Family Assessment is an assessment of the safety and overall functioning of you and your family to guide recommendations for treatment and other intervention services.