Practice Models for Nursing Practice with Families

  • Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM) and Calgary Family Intervention Model (CFIM)

    Developed by Lorraine M. Wright, RN, PhD and Maureen Leahey, RN, PhD and described in ”Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention” (2013). The book is now available in a  6th edition (May 2013). The book has been translated in 7 languages: Japanese, French, German, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese, and Icelandic. Bibliography of all known publications which reference … [Read More...]

    Family Empowerment Nursing Model

    Developed by Sayumi Nojima, RN, PHN, DSN, and described in “ Kazoku Enpawamento wo motarasu kango jissen” [in Japanese].  This model is used in nursing education and practice in Japan. Website (Japanese): Helusu Publisher’s Inc. … [Read More...]

    Concentric Sphere Family Environment Model [Kazoku Doushinkyu Kankyo Model]

    Developed by Naohiro Hohashi, RN, PHN, PhD and his colleagues. The Concentric Sphere Family Environment Theory (CSFET) is a practice model that takes a holistic approach to the environment that affects the family’s well-being. This model is described in the nursing textbook, “Atarashii Kazoku Kangogaku” [in Japanese] and involves both assessment and intervention. This model has been developed in … [Read More...]

    Family Health Model

    Developed by Sharon Denham, DSN, RN and described in “Family Health: A Framework for Nursing” (2003). A free copy of the book is available from: The Family Health Model was created as a result of a comprehensive literature review, the author’s professional nursing practice, life experiences, and findings from a series of three … [Read More...]

    Family Health Conversations (FamHC)

    The Family Health Conversations (FamHC) intervention was developed in Sweden for advanced practice with families by Eva Benzein, Margaretha Hagberg, and Britt-Inger Saveman (Linneaus University and Umea University, Sweden). It uses a Family Systems Nursing theoretical foundation. The intervention is described in the new book: Att möta familjer inom vård och omsorg "Meeting with Families in … [Read More...]

    Framework of Systemic Organization

    Developed by Marie-Luise Friedemann, RN, PhD and described in “ The Framework of Systemic Organization” (1995).  Website: The practical application of Dr. Friedemann’s theoretical framework has largely been taken up in Europe for the last 25 years. She has written a book in German that is now in its 3rd edition. Her framework is integrated in many nursing school … [Read More...]

    Friedman Family Assessment Model

    Developed by Marilyn M. Friedman, RN, PhD and described in “Family Nursing: Research, Theory, & Practice”, 5th edition (2003) edited by Friedman, Bowden, and Jones. An earlier edition of this book was translated into Japanese in 1996 but is currently out of print. Website: … [Read More...]

    Family Life Skill Index [Kazoku Seikatsu Rikiryo Moderu]

    Developed by Setsu Shimanouchi and her colleagues. This model is described in  “Kazoku Seikatsu Rikiryo Moderu” [in Japanese]. This model is primarily used  in Community Health Nursing education and practice in Japan. Website: Igakusyoin Publisher’s Inc. … [Read More...]

    Illness Beliefs Model

    Developed by Lorraine M. Wright, RN, PhD and Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD and described in  “Beliefs and Illness:  A Model for Healing” (2009). This is an advanced practice model with a focus on illness beliefs of patients, families, and health care providers that uses a Family Systems Nursing theoretical orientation. A Kindle version of the book is also available and a Japanese translation was … [Read More...]

    McGill Model of Nursing

    Developed at McGill University by Moyra Allen, RN, PhD and Mona Kravitz, RN, PhD, this practice model was first called Situation-Responsive Nursing or Complemental Nursing.  Dr. Moyra Allen and colleagues offered refinements which were described as the Developmental Model of Health and Nursing.  Dr. Laurie Gottlieb and faculty and students at McGill University offered refinements which were named … [Read More...]

    Dynamic Model of Family Assessment and Intervention (MDAIF)

    Developed by Maria Henriqueta Figueiredo, RN, PhD, and described in "Modelo Dinâmico de Avaliação e Intervenção Familiar: Uma abordagem colaborativa emEnfermagem de Família” (2012) [in Portuguese].  The Dynamic Model of Family Assessment and Intervention (MDAIF) was co-developed and validated through research conducted in the Portuguese primary health care context.  In 2011, the Portuguese Nursing … [Read More...]

    Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN)

    Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN) foundational roots are Nightingale and the McGill Model of Nursing. SBN develops, extends, and re-conceptualizes elements of the McGill Model of Nursing resulting in a more integrated, in-depth philosophical vision and pragmatic approach to family nursing. SBN is a value driven approach to guide nursing action in caring for persons and families that is founded on … [Read More...]

    Watanabe & Suzuki Family Assessment Model

    Developed by Hiroko Watanabe, RN, MS and Kazuko Suzuki, RN, PHN, PhD. This model is described in many books written by Watanabe et al. The most frequently cited textbook is “Kazoku kangogaku. Riron to Jissen” [in Japanese]. This model is used extensively in nursing education and practice in Japan. Website (Japanese): Nihon Kangokyoukai Publisher’s Inc. … [Read More...]

    Trinity Model

    Developed by Lorraine M. Wright, RN, PhD and described in “Spirituality, Suffering, and Illness:  Ideas for Healing” (2005). This is an advanced practice model that focuses on beliefs, illness suffering, and spirituality using a Family Systems Nursing orientation.  The book has been translated into Portuguese and Japanese. Website for Japanese translation: Igakusyoin Publisher’s Inc. A DVD … [Read More...]