1 Some alternative assessment strategies you would need to consider when working with a family as opposed to an individual client are interviewing all family members including children to better understand the structure and dynamics of the family. Genograms and eco-maps are also seen as alternative assessment strategies which can offer additional information such as understanding family member roles, strengths, challenges and weaknesses. Family relationships have a significant impact on a social worker's involvement. It can hinder the freedom and openness and willingness to express themselves. Extracting information while trying to identify who has the power, can be difficult. Making the client feel secure and supportive while trying to establish trust can also be a problem. Needs for each member of the family, responsibilities, and cultural norms must all be understood for efficient evaluation and intervention planning. Providing individualized help also requires recognizing how these dynamics affect each family member's wellbeing. The ability to recognize and respond to family dynamics is essential for producing positive results, fostering stronger bonds among family members and resolving some age-old disputes. A social worker's own family experience can influence their work when dealing with their clients greatly. This can be done by expressing compassion and empathy toward their clients. It can influence their approach to certain matters resulting in skewed judgements. Some social workers may find themselves unable to be objective. It can cloud their limits and prejudice them toward certain situations. They can interject their personal feelings and positions, deviating them from policies and guidelines. It can led social workers into making hasty, thoughtless decisions while disregarding their professional boundaries.
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