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Strengthen these resources and utilize them properly to make your intervention meaningful and enhance the positive aspects in the family.

Once you have evaluated the family in all these areas you can now arrive at some conclusions.

  1. What are the problem areas in this family?

  2. What are the strengths of this family?

  3. What is the first area you would like to change?

  4. Which are the family members you would like to involve to begin with?

  5. Are there any external agencies that you would like to approach?


Your intervention keeps you in close contact with the family members. Your attitudes towards the family and the process would have far reaching effects on both. And hence, it would be necessary to be aware of certain tenets before you start your intervention. Here are certain do's and dont's for you to follow:

  1. Accept the existing family beliefs about any topic and do not contradict them.

  2. Show interest in individuals. Do not see them as problem people.

  3. Listen with interest to what people have to say.

  4. Let a person share his feelings, even if you don't agree entirely.

  5. Refer to the previous conversation that you have had with him/her.

  6. If a person becomes silent when you direct a message to him, don't feel irritated. His silence may mean that either he has not understood or that your ideas are not acceptable to him or that he is thinking over it.

  7. Encourage the person to express his emotions and feelings such as anger, irritability and distress.

  8. Do not take an attitude of judgement.

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