WEEK 1

WEEK 1: FAMILY
Calgary Family Assessment Model
Introduction to Rolland’s 1987 Chronic Health Challenge Framework
OVERVIEW
There has been an increase in the number of families with a member who has a chronic illness. A chronic health challenge affects family life in many ways. The usual roles and patterns of family functioning are altered. The sequence and the stages of the family’s developmental process are affected. The chronic health challenge places special demands on all family members as they change to deal with the crisis. This transition often starts with the diagnosis and continues for an unspecified period of time.
ENDS-IN- VIEW
Appreciate the significance of family assessment guided by a recognized assessment model.
Develop a beginning understanding of the Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM).
Recognize changes in roles and patterns of functioning within families as a result of a chronic health challenge.
Explore strategies implemented by families to modify or alter previous functioning patterns and roles.
IN PREPARATION
Read:
Wright, L.M. & Leahy, M. (2013). Nurses and families (6th ed.). Philadelphia: F .A. Davis. Chapters 2, 3, 5
Rolland, J .S. (1987). Chronic illness and the family: An overview. In L.M. Wright & M. Leahey (Eds.) Families and chronic illness. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Weigel, D.J. (2008). The concept of family: An analysis of laypeople’s views of family. Journal of Family Issues, 29(11), 1426-1447.

Hutchfield, K. (1999). Family-centered care: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29(5), 1178-1187.

Stuart, M. (1991). An analysis of the concept of family. In A.L. Whall, ; J. Fawcett, Family theory development in nursing: States of the science and art. Philadelphia: F .A. Davis.
Be prepared to discuss ways in which nurses assess families. Also be prepared to discuss genograms and ecomaps.

IN CLASS
Prepare a genogram of your own family. Engage in dialogue in small groups regarding the information that is communicated in such a pictorial representation of your family.

Engage in large group discussion regarding the implications of chronic illness on family functioning. Consider how your family’s experience (or that of a family you encountered last term) relates to the literature.

As a component of this course, you will have the opportunity to interact with/visit a family with a chronic health challenge. In order to facilitate this learning experience, it is important for you to draft a plan for your visits, now is the time to begin this process. Your completed draft plan for your the family visit is to be shared with your faculty advisor.

In small groups discuss the function, structure, and content of Resource Family Visit Plans.
PROGRESS TO PRAXIS
Following the class activities, reflect on your plan in relation to the family visiting component of the course with your partner. Make contact with your faculty advisor in order to discuss the plan further.