Family Assessment and Intervention


In the last two decades, there has been a considerable increase in early intervention efforts targeted at children and adolescents who are showing signs of emotional and behavioral problems. While a significant portion of these efforts have involved interventions focused on the individual exhibiting symptoms - generally medication and/or therapy - there is considerable evidence that family interventions are an effective, efficient method to address child and adolescent issues. In this course, you will learn how to view families from a strength-based perspective, as well as how to access family resources and abilities when the whole family is included in treatment. You will discover how the modern family can take many shapes and you will gain knowledge of some of the most common family therapy concepts. Interactive exercises with specific packaged tools that are useful in strength-based family assessment will help you apply the skills you acquire throughout this course. Completing this training will facilitate you to employ key assessment and intervention approaches from a variety of family therapy models so that you can affect family dynamics in a positive way in your own setting.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Academy of Certified Care Managers


Relias,LLC is approved by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) as a continuing education provider, #18-502RA.

This activity approved for 1.50 CMC contact hours

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-FAI
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
Explain the concept of family dynamics, and how it can be applied on a micro and macro level.
Apply dimensions of family assessment in a way that allows you to understand problems/symptoms beyond the individual level.
Identify similarities, differences, and key mechanisms for change in alternative family intervention models.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: Concepts of Family A. Changing Perceptions B. Family Dynamics C. Assessment Concepts D. Family Life Cycles E. Systems Theory F. Dimensions of Family Assessment G. General Model of Assessment H. Observing Patterns of Interaction I. Assessing Family Dynamics J. Assessing Family Functioning K. Let’s Review L. Section Review Section 3: Family Intervention A. Family Intervention Models B. Evidenced-Based Family Interventions C. More Family Intervention Models D. Section Review Section 4: Trends and Changing Concepts A. Trends and Emerging Concepts B. Strategies for a Strengths Perspective C. Helping Families Move Forward D. Tools for Assessing Family Strengths E. More Tools for Assessing Family Strengths F. Let’s Review G. Section Review Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: Carl Fornoff, LCPC
Carl Fornoff, LCPC, is an Assistant Director in the Department of Community Resources of Villa Maria. He has designed and implemented numerous family-focused behavioral health programs across central Maryland during the past 20 years. Using a “parent/provider partnership” approach, he has developed psychiatric rehabilitation programs, community clinics, respite programming, and school-based mental health services. Carl is also a trainer for the Family Resource Academy of Maryland, and a child and family therapist in private practice. Disclosure: Carl Fornoff, LCPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry and intermediate level Nurses; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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