Psychologists who work with caregiving families, need to consider carefully whom to include in the initial assessment, and at what point in the treatment process to conduct other assessments.

AssessmentIn contrast to psychological work that is focused on evaluating individuals, assessing caregiving families requires the use of a wider lens that includes taking into account care recipients, multiple family members, professionals and direct care workers, as well as considering various environmental contexts of care

What’s key to keep in mind is that caregiving not only involves interactions between two people (caregiver and care recipient) but often includes the contributions and influences of many others, including other family members and professionals working with the care recipient.

Primary caregivers may be the people who seek psychological help. But other family members, playing secondary or tertiary roles (often in partnership with professionals and friends) may be just as much in need of psychological care.

Assessment Issues