Assessing families and other client systems in community-based programmes: development of the CALF
Abbreviated Journal Title
Child Fam. Soc. Work
assessment tools; case management; child assessment tool; community-based social services; family assessment; ASSESSMENT DEVICE; CHILDREN; SCALE; ADOLESCENTS; EMPOWERMENT; VALIDITY; POVERTY; WORK; LIFE; Family Studies; Social Work
Programmes providing services to children and families often face the challenge of assessing not only the child referred, but also the child's family system and its individual members. Recognizing that household/family members can cause, contribute to or affect a child's problems requires that human service agencies utilize assessment tools capable of assessing family members across the lifespan. The literature references many assessment tools used by clinical programmes in mental-health settings that are not well suited to use in social service agencies with multidisciplinary staff at different skill levels. As a response to this dilemma, the authors have developed the Collaborative Assessment of Life Functioning (CALF), a user-friendly tool that assesses various areas of life functioning. Based on Maslow's motivation theory, person-in-environment and systems theories, the CALF can be used with various client systems. This paper describes the development of the tool, its purpose and use, the importance of assessment tools in the helping process and considerations for agencies wishing to use an assessment tool like the CALF The authors also discuss the applicability of the CALF in human services and social service agency settings and with diverse client populations.
Child & Family Social Work
"Assessing families and other client systems in community-based programmes: development of the CALF" (2007). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 7346.