Family Genogram

DIRECTIONS FOR THE PRESENTATION The presentation should contain a minimum of 20 slides. You can always add more if you need to. Use a minimum of 4 scholarly references (you can always have more): 1. The Nichols text 2. The Gehart and Tuttle text 3. The Gilbert Text 4. At least one scholarly article accessed through the HUS lib guide, search for peer reviewed articles. PURPOSE • Complete this assignment as if you are teaching a new HUS student about Bowen theory, the importance of understanding the family history and multigenerational process when working with a client, and the value of the family diagram/genogram in that process. • Imagine you are presenting your presentation in front of a class and therefore it needs to be concise, informative (not too much and not too little) and engaging. It needs to provide an overview and explanation that will provide an understanding of Bowen theory, the importance of family processes -­‐ especially the multigenerational process, and the value of the genogram in family counseling. • The presentation itself also needs to be engaging. I suggest working with several templates to create something that is very appealing to the eye. Work on the placement of your information so that it is eye-­‐catching, use only one or 2 typefaces throughout. Include a diagram that you find from the Gilbert book to give an example of a genogram. You can do this by creating a .pdf or a screen shot and then inserting. Be sure to cite and reference it. You must give credit. INFORMATION THAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PRESENTATION 1. Begin the presentation with an initial slide that introduces your work. 2. Next, provide an overview of Bowen theory, using at least two of the textbooks: the Nichols book, and the Gilbert book. Use information from theGehart &Tuttle book , as well. Make sure
that all the material that you use is properly cited. This means you will have lots of citations! 3. Be sure that you areinforming the “HUS student” of the history behindBowen’s development the theory, the 8 concept and how his theory differs from many of the other family theories. a. Include a short explanation of the 8 concepts. You may use material directly from the Gilbert book on the 8 concepts. Be sure that you properly cite all information that is gotten from your sources. (in addressing numbers 2 and 3 you should have aminimum of 8 slide of information) 4. Next, explain the value of completing a genogram, how the multigenerational process operates, and how a genogram assists both counselorsand client’s in understanding the impact of the family on the client’s life and the client’s presenting problem. a. For this portion of the presentation, you will use your three textbooks to explain in detail the information that is collected for a genogram, including how the multigenerational process is a key concept in Bowen theory, howthis information helps to inform the counselor about the client’s current problem,and how the genogram is used to illustrate that process. b. Be sure to use a copy of one of the genograms from the Gilbert book to illustrate for the audience what a genogram looks like and what kind of information is included. Your textbooks provide you with almost all the information that you need, but you must also include one more scholarly resource that you access by going to the HUS lib guide and searching the databases. Use any scholarly reference that discusses the use of a genogram in assessment.

DIRECTION FOR THE FAMILY GENOGRAM Construct a family genogram, using a friend, family member, classmate, or other person you know well as “client.” Submit a scanned file of the hand-­‐drawn copy of this genogram. Along with your genogram, submit a 600 to 800-­‐word paper on the questions you asked the person and the reasonsyou approached the genogram from that perspective. This paper should also include a discussion on the value of using a genogram to, not only elicit information, but also to inform the family about the links between family history and a family pattern that you see revealed in the genogram that is seen in several generation. Please be sure your genogram: • uses the correct symbols for male and female • has 3 generations • has the paternal side of the family on the left and the maternal side of the family on the right. Remember, your genogram is to be hand-­‐drawn. RESOURCES FOR THE GENOGRAM Please review these resources for valuable information about constructing a genogram The first is an excellent Powerpoint on how to construct a genogram. It also provides excellent questions to use. Please use these links. Paste them into your search bar if needed. • Constructing the Genogram SlideShare.­‐the-­‐genogram-­‐ 15987466 (alternately, this presentation can be found at:, but you will need Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer to open it.) • Wikihow: How to make a Genogram -­‐­‐a-­‐Genogram

For visual representations, type “how to construct a genogram” into your search bar and then click images. There
you will be able to see numerous examples of constructed genograms. I also encourage you to go back to the chapter on Bowen in your Nichols book for a refresher on the genogram as well as the Gilbert book. You can also visit for examples. Then, please include the following below: A complete genogram includes: 1) Three generations: a. the person you are working with b. their family of origin, which includes their siblings on the same horizontal line as they are,and their parents on their own line above that and c. their grandparents at the top of the genogram d. if they have children, their children are beneath them on the genogram. 2) The questions you asked related to the following: family patterns, the relationships with family members, and any patterns that seem to be present throughout the generations. a. For example, if the person notes that there is a history of depression in the family, a line of questioning to pursue is whether or not other family members experience depression, is the depression in any way connected to a family event, like a death, move, divorce, or other nodal event. What you are hoping to uncover is what kinds of relationships are evident in the family of origin and what kinds of patterns are evident in the family and how they might be connected to the presenting issue? 3) The ages of the family members placed in order of age, meaning oldest to youngest. When it comes to the client’s parents, the father is on the left, the mother on the right. The grandparents are similarly placed, with the paternal grandparents on the left above the father, and the maternal grandparents on the right, again with the male on the left, and the female on the right. 4) Only initials and not names in this genogram. 5) Your own thinking to ask the questions. What you want to accomplish with the genogram is to make a visual representation of the family in order to uncover important family dynamics that are related to family patterns.

Gerhert Book- Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists 9780534536169
Gilbert Book- Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory 9780976345510
Nichols book- Essentials of Family Therapy 6th edition 9780205249008

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