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Couple or Family Genogram using Genopro- 60 points- Assignment #5
In order to complete this assignment, it was recommended that you have another mock session, with your couple or family, around week 7 of this course.
Go to the following website: https://www.genopro.com/genogram/. Review the pages detailing components of genograms, communication patterns, and clues that will help you understand relationship patterns. Click on each link underneath related pages to get an overview of this website and its offerings. Then click “Creating Your Genogram” to learn how to construct your selected family’s genogram and watch the YouTube video. You are not required to purchase this program, but certainly can if you’d like.
After completing your review of the website, take a brief time to write down what you learned about your family in relation to the clues described: 1) relevant dates; 2) gender beliefs and values; 3) family secrets; 4) losses; 5) themes regarding family core values and beliefs; 6) cultural heritage and multicultural considerations; and 7) family boundaries—external and internal.
Visual Depiction or Graphical Representation
Using the recommendations of the website, develop a graphical representation of your couple or family, three generations prior. Use the examples provided on the website, patterns, symbols, rules, or template to construct this portion of the assignment.
Assessing the Family
This is one assessment to include in the final clinical assessment report (CAR).
For a total of three generations, and in a separate paper, provide a brief description of significant relationships and patterns among family members noted on your Genogram. How have the clues above impacted your selected couple or family, as well as their relationships with others?
Juxataposing Your Own Family
Then describe some of the connections made in your patterns noted in your family of origin (as depicted on your Genogram) and your current significant relationships and behaviors with others? Given some of the relational patterns, events, stressors, and descriptors noted in your genogram, please describe any potential “blinders” or “blind spots” that may get in the way of your practice with clients. In other words, are there certain issues (e.g. healthy or unhealthy, resolved or unresolved, functional or dysfunctional) that would impact your work with clients in ways that you need to be aware of? No family is perfect or problem-free – all families struggle with issues, concerns and transitions through time.
Treatment Outcomes and Application
Given what you have presented in your genogram and how you have described your selected family, discuss one area of concern that could be (or could have been) addressed in therapy? Select a particular systemic approach (e.g. structural), and as a therapist, how would you go about addressing this issue in therapy? Make use of theoretical principles and interventions consistent with the thinking and practice of this framework.
Now that you have a broader understanding of your selected family by way of your genogram, do you see yourself doing anything differently in relation to any one or more members in your family? Would you like them to interact differently or change their behavior?