Authors: Chris Chalubek, James Martin, Deb Daw, Emmanuel Abu, Prue Excell and Amy Duncan, SA
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: FAMILIES, RESEARCH & EVALUATION INFORMING PRACTICE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper highlights the benefits of utilising strengths focused family based assessment tools to engage families and inform family based supports whilst providing evidence for family based supports in mental health services. Assessments include two measures of family functioning, the McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD) and Global Assessment of Relational Functioning (GARF). Analysis of current data highlights the challenges experienced by families and the effectiveness of interventions in supporting improved instrumental and affective aspects (problem solving, organisation and emotional climate) of families. A high correlation observed between therapist and self-reported ratings for the FAD and GARF highlight the utility of therapist defined ratings for determining change.