Family Psychosocial Assessment


The purpose of this assignment is for students to complete a family-focused psychosocial assessment utilizing the template below. This does not need to be in APA format as you are using the headings and subcategories listed. Your work cited (author, date) and reference page IS in APA.   This will involve you watching a movie from pop culture that highlights family dynamics  


Title Page with Title, date of release.

 The movie is  called : JUMPING THE BROOM

1. Agency Context: : Identify the agency where the family is receiving services. Make up your Agency Name and briefly describe its mandate and mission. Be sure that your agency purpose and services fit your family needs (IE: Domestic Violence – ref. to a Domestic Violence Family Service Agency. Referral: How did the family find this Agency and connect with you? (2-3 sentences)

2. Identifying Data: Names, ages of family members and a description of their relationships to each other. Where they reside, relationship status, occupations, and any other important data. (1 paragraph)

3. Presenting Problem: Identify a presenting problem from the movie you watched. (e.g., a child who is being bullied at school for being “a sissy,” a parent who loses his/her job and can no longer support the family, a teenager who abuses cannabis, or a family that is experiencing discrimination from neighbors). Keep in mind that your movie may involve several family subsystems. Please focus on one or two specific presenting problems. Describe the presenting problem as if it were a real problem: What motivated the family to come for services? How does each family member view the presenting problem, concern, or issue? What is the history of the problem (how did it emerge, how has it changed over time, how serious is it now, and what has the family tried to do to manage this problem in the past)? (1 page)

4. Family Structure and Dynamics: Apply family systems concepts, for instance, linking the concepts of boundaries, subsystems, triangles, norms, life cycle challenges, acculturation, rules, and roles to your family of origin. (2 pages).

5. Family Stressors and Needs: Identify the family’s biopsychosocial-spiritual needs and stressors, as they perceive them (e.g., medical concerns, emotional issues, anxiety, conflict within the family, sense of meaning or purpose, lack of resources). If there are differences in their perceptions, indicate how different family members have different views of their needs. (1 page)

6. Family Strengths: Identify the family’s strengths, including individual and family characteristics and resources that it can use to address the presenting problem and underlying needs. Make sure that nurturing support systems are included in the ecomap. (1 to 2 paragraphs)

7.  Diversity: Identify at least one diversity group to which this family belongs (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status). Describe how the family’s diversity background may relate to the family’s needs, concerns, or strengths. Make use of at least one scholarly article related to the family’s diversity. (1 page)

8. Intervention plan: Develop an evidence based intervention plan that would help the family deal with the hypothetical presenting problem and related concerns. The plan should include at least two primary family agreed upon goals with three specific objectives steps for each goal. The plan should also identify what specific theorist and interventions (evidence based research) will be used and who will be responsible for which tasks (for instance, if the family needed advocacy, who would act as advocate and what approach would that person use for advocacy; or if the family needed parenting skills training, who would act as trainer and what model of training would be used?). Provide references for the models of intervention that will guide your interventions. Make sure your FAMILY goals, objectives, models of intervention, and action plan build on one another in a logical manner. Your intervention plan should include family systems approaches (e.g., strengthening specific relationships, helping the family adapt to life cycle adjustments, fostering a better fit between the family and its social environment, or referring the family for specific types of family therapy). Primary: Details or the FAMILY as a unit are needed. Secondary: Although your intervention plan may include individual counseling or therapy, individual work should not be the only form of intervention. (1 to 2 pages)

10.Treatment Plan and Evaluation plan: Describe how you plan to evaluate progress towards the goals and objectives identified above: how you will gather information; what measures you will use; and how you will ensure that your measures for evaluation are feasible, valid, and reliable. List each Goal for the family- and the specific objectives what they have agreed to do to reach each goal – how are you measuring each goal. (1 page)

11.APA Reference List: Scholarly Research from within the last 7 years. Minimum 2-4. APA format (except for Heading sections: such as : Identifying Data. Presenting Problem, etc.) Don’t forget to cite your author’s work in your materials!

For this assignment, you may apply information from our class readings, but you will also need to make use of other scholarly research and readings. You may find useful journal articles by using the library’s online SocIndex or PsycARTICLES databases and searching for topics specifically related to your family’s dynamics – e.g., its ethnic background, structure, presenting issues, risks, or resilience. Family theory and family therapy textbooks may also be useful. At least 2-4 resources. The paper will be 11-13 pages in length maximum (no papers will be accepted if they are longer) including any references, using APA format; no abstract needed). The assignment is due on day of class listed on Syllabus and uploaded to CANVAS. Grading for this paper will be based upon: Clarity and conciseness of your understanding of family systems and the GIM (in your own words); Synthesis and integration of information from various readings and class materials; Accuracy of definition and application of concepts; Comprehensiveness of the psychosocial assessment; Creativity and originality in the critique; Following APA format and rules of grammar [for APA Formatting Help, see link at]


Written Assessment: 15 points possible

up to 5 points: Followed template format with headings and guidelines, with no grammar nor spelling errors.  

up to 5 points: Content: Written as a social worker on the case, interviewing the family. Information showing flow of thought processing with trajectory of family needs.   

up to 5 points: Connection with why particular Theorist and approach was chosen for this family – Clear interventions from the research with this theorist. Clearly stated Goals and Objectives.   

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