K439 – Child and Family Assessment
2 Credit Hours
The social worker’s role in assessment includes synthesizing and critically evaluating information from various professional sources — including developmental, psychological, socio-cultural, psychometric, health, and educational sources — and integrating the information in ways that are context-sensitive and easily communicated to children, families, and other professionals. The course will give students sufficient information about assessment to understand their role and responsibilities as social workers in supporting and advocating for children, youth, and families. It is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of assessment methods and tools commonly used to evaluate the learning, development and well-being of children and families within their home, school, and community contexts. Students will deepen and broaden their understanding of principles of assessment, and acquire a basic working knowledge of measurement concepts, methods of structured and semi-structured interview, observation, mental health screening, standardized testing, alternative assessment approaches, integrative assessment, Intact Family assessment, and documentation. Students will also explore and critique the meaning and purposes of assessment using broad sociopolitical, social justice, ecosystems, and cultural lenses. Issues of diversity, equity, and bias related to culture, class, race, sexual orientation, language, socioeconomic level, and gender will be addressed throughout the course. Students’ own internship and professional experiences, as well as additional case studies and media resources, will be used throughout the course to illustrate and inform discussion.