systemic assessment of a child and a family

The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you have learned about factors in child development to conduct a systemic assessment of child and family relationships. You will use the characters and situations in a film called INSIDE OUT. You can talk openly about developmental factors, individual and family development and transitions across the life span, family relationships, and your systemic assessment, without violating confidentiality or other ethical considerations.

Your assignment is to conduct this systemic assessment using a genogram and to provide a professional analysis and description of the family’s strengths and challenges, using the family depicted in the film, Inside Out. The family in the film will become your case client for the whole course. The focus of your paper should be on the family and their experiences as depicted in the film as part of your assessment, analysis, and discussion.

If the film inside out does not provide enough detail to conduct your assessment, you will have to creatively fill in missing information about members of the family who are not as visible in the film. In any case in which you are elaborating, please explain what you have imagined to fill in the details.

  1. Think about the family system in the film and focus on the challenges they are facing. If needed, further research Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), and then imagine that you had asked a family member (an adult caregiver) one or two questions from AAI. Include what you imagine this person’s responses would be.
  2. As the family therapist working with this family system, complete a genogram as part of your assessment process. You may decide to use a creative genogram tool such as the animal genogram or a traditional genogram. Whichever one you choose, make sure that you include three generations, delineate the relationship patterns using connecting lines, and include a key that explains what the relationship lines indicate.
  3. Reflect on the genogram and the meanings of creative symbols used, including who chose the symbols (if used). Also make observations about the themes and patterns you see across the genogram and the questions you asked to learn about the family.
  4. As this family’s therapist reflect on what strengths and challenges for this family are demonstrated by the genogram.
  5. Your genogram will not be graded if submitted separately from your paper. It must be included within the paper.

The written assignment you submit should include:

  • The developmental issues involved and the factors affecting the development of the child and the family. Include the developmental domains in your discussion for the individual as well as for the family life cycle. How has this family managed the transitions that happen across the life span?
  • Any elaboration you added on the family circumstances or background, including legal and ethical requirements for working with minors.
  • Your assessment of how the developmental issues and other factors (such as risk factors and what you have learned about interpersonal neurobiology) have affected, or could affect, the child.
  • Your genogram and reflection on the strengths and challenges you have identified for the family.
  • Your reflections on the process as the counselor involved, along with any challenges you would expect to face with this particular family.

7 pages including references and cover page


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