Simulating Family Assessments

  • Textbook
  • Video

Teaching Strategy Description:

The Calgary Family Assessment Model is integrated into the curriculum through both theory and clinical courses. In this activity, students practice simulated interviewing of families through role playing and case-study based learning. Following the in-class lessons, students then conduct live family assessments with a family in the community

Teaching Context:

  • Third year Family Health Nursing course


Rowe-Kaakinen, J., Padgett Coehlo, D., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., & Harmon Hanson, S. (2014). Family health care nursing: Theory, practice and research (5th Ed). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis

Wright, L.M., & Leahey, M. (2013).  Nurses and families: A guide to family assessment and intervention (6th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.

Calgary Family Assessment Model DVDs, #1 and #2 for undergrads. Available for purchase from


Submitted by:  Drs. Audrey Steenbeek; Adele Vukic; Andrea Chircop; Ingrid Waldram; Megan Aston, Dalhousie University

Indicator(s): 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4