Harnessing the Therapeutic Power of Genograms

This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Widely used by family therapists and all health care professionals, the Genogram is a graphic way of organising the mass of information gathered during a family assessment and finding patterns in the family system for more targeted treatment. 

Yet many practitioners commonly complete only a very basic Genogram and file it away, never to be looked at again by them (or their client). This is a major loss especially with complex cases.

Done correctly a Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted treatment and interventions. 

Benefits of Genograms

Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources.  It goes beyond a traditional family tree allowing practitioners to visualise patterns and psychological factors that affect relationships.

This "picture" representation of a client's family context enables practitioners to organise and hold in mind the complexity of a client's context (family history, patterns, events) and their strengths in order to collaboratively identify pathways to healing and promote recovery.  Genograms provide a rich and powerful tool for engagement, enhancing the therapeutic alliance, assessment, treatment planning, and can be used as a therapeutic intervention in itself.  

Learn How To

- Conduct a Genogram interview and share the Genogram with your client

- Create a Genogram and graphically organise information gathered in an assessment session 

- Interpret and work with diverse family structures

- Assess family patterns and functioning, including relational patterns and triangles

- Use Genograms as assessment, to plan treatment and as an intervention

- Use creative approaches to creating and working with children

- Use Genograms for young people in Out of Home Care


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29th Mar


8th Nov


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