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Brief Description of the Collaborative Assessment of Life Functioning (CALF) assessment tool. Purpose of the CALF

The CALF is designed to: Assess various client systems (Family, Couple, Child/Adolescent, Individual, and Other Family Member) More accurately assess levels of functioning Assess client systems on more Areas of Life Functioning Use information from the assessment tool in collaborative case staffing meetings

What is the CALF?

The CALF consists of an (1) Initial Assessment form (Form A), (2) Assessment Updates form (Form B), and (3) two Rating Worksheets: one for the Child/Adolescent Assessment and one for the Family/Couple/Individual/Other Family Member Assessment. A detailed list of Areas of Life Functioning, Dimensions and Indicators is provided for both the Family/Couple/Individual/Other Family Member targeted client systems as well as for the Child/Adolescent targeted client systems.

When is the CALF Used?

The CALF should be completed by the worker during an initial or second face-to-face client interview or client contact. It is important for the worker to have good interviewing skills and know the types of questions to ask when assessing each Area of Life Functioning. The accompanying manual contains a list of questions intended to prompt the worker in asking the kinds of questions that will elicit information useful in rating the client's level of functioning. These questions are only intended to guide the assessment process. Each worker should feel free to use additional questions and appropriate interviewing techniques. The interview questions are designed to help the worker (1) assess a targeted client system's service needs; (2) track progress made on specific client needs, and (3) participate more effectively at collaborative case management staffing meetings. It is important to note that the client's perception of his/her functioning should be integrated as much as possible. The CALF is to be used with the client; that is, the client and worker should review each Area of Life Functioning and its Dimensions, i.e. Finances (Budget Management, Family/Individual's Income, & Income Reliability) or Food (Access to Food & Diet and Nutrition), and TOGETHER determine the level of functioning (In Crisis, At Risk, Stable, or Self- Sufficient) for each Dimension.

2 List of Areas of Life Functioning Assessed Using the CALF: Assessing the Needs of Families/Couples/Individual Adults Child Care Clothing Community Resources Community Safety Coping Skills/Anger Cultural/Language Education/Vocational Training Employment Family Relationships Finances Food Health Care Impact Housing Legal System Mental Health Parent-Child Relationships Substance Abuse Transportation Assessing the Needs of Children/Adolescents Academic Performance Coping Skills/Anger Daily Living Needs (food, housing, etc) * Family Relationships Health Care Impact Juvenile Justice Involvement Language & Environment Mental Health School Attendance School Behavior Socialization Substance Abuse

*This Area of Life Functioning has 9 dimensions not listed here.

NOTE: The CALF is copyright protected through the University of Central Florida. Reproduction or distribution beyond that is prohibited. The CALF assessment tool, Manual, and other materials are copyright protected through the University of Central Florida. Contact Information: For more information on how to access the CALF and related training please contact: Ana M. Leon, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor University of Central Florida School of Social Work (407) 823-6195 Email: [email protected]


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