Focused Genograms: 
Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples and Families
   
Focused Genograms: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples and Families

Focused Genograms:
Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples and Families
By: Rita DeMaria, Gerald Weeks, and Larry Hof (August 1999)

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Genograms Teach Out of the Box (TOOB)
Love, Marriage and Family Ties


The Love, Marriage and Family Ties: Understanding Intergenerational Patterns and Your Emotional Roots (1st Edition) was designed for marriage and family life educators. Genograms are an important tool for increasing awareness and insight about family patterns and influences on current relationships. Genograms can be confusing to those who have never undertaken the adventure of studying their family through time and relationships. Studying family patterns has a long history in genealogy, family therapy and family medicine. This program was created to strengthen the work of marriage, couple and family educators and counselors who want to add the study of the family history to their work. 

 

Seminar Available on DVD:
Using Genograms in Clinical Practice: A Multifocused Approach

Genograms are a popular and universally applied technique for assessment with individuals, couples or families. The interpersonal relationships that make up family life are a complex web between many individuals spanning several generations at one time. This web is further complicated by the influence of other factors such as culture and gender. It can be a daunting task for a therapist to unravel this tangle and understand the specific dynamics and individual development within the family.

Family therapy theory and practice, in particular Bowen Systems Theory, have popularized genograms. Over the last three decades, genograms have been used to help understand the dynamics of couple and family systems and the forces that help create intrapsychic dynamics. However, despite the popularity of genograms, the genogram has received little attention in the way of theoretical and clinical development, refinement and application. 

This seminar will take practitioners beyond the boundaries of the traditional genogram to the Multifocused Family Genograms (MFG) - a comprehensive approach that integrates intrapsychic, interpersonal, and intergenerational themes. Grounded in attachment theory, this model presents a clinically useful, practical but comprehensive method for systemically collecting information in key areas of individual and family functioning. In a structured but flexible way, the MFG organizes clinical data in a manner that is very useful to both beginning and experienced level clinicians, regardless of their theoretical orientations.

Purpose and Objective:

  1. A review and update about the use of genograms in clinical practice;

  2. Provide a model for assessment that informs clinical interventions;

  3. Explore intergenerational patterns, interpersonal patterns and the personal impact of family experiences on the couple and marital relationship;

  4. Detail strategies for pragmatically using focused genograms with individuals and couples in diverse relationships.

At the conclusion of this conference, the participant will be able to:

  • outline a clinically useful method for collecting the information in key areas of individual and family functioning;

  • explain the diagnostic use and therapeutic applications of multifocused genograms;

  • systemically collect information in key areas of individual and family functioning in a clinically relevant manner.

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