Genograms: Assessment and Intervention

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Widely used by both family therapists and all health care professionals, the genogram is a graphic way of organizing the mass of information gathered during a family assessment and finding patterns in the family system for more targeted treatment. Now in its third edition-updated and expanded with a striking color insert and new material on the clinical applications of genograms and family play genograms-this popular text effectively explains how to construct a genogram, do a ...
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Overview

Widely used by both family therapists and all health care professionals, the genogram is a graphic way of organizing the mass of information gathered during a family assessment and finding patterns in the family system for more targeted treatment. Now in its third edition-updated and expanded with a striking color insert and new material on the clinical applications of genograms and family play genograms-this popular text effectively explains how to construct a genogram, do a genogram interview, and interpret the results.

Genograms of famous families-Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, the Kennedys, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, the Roosevelts, and Thomas Jefferson, to name a few-bring the text to life, and help to elucidate the principles of family systems theory and systemic interviewing, which form the basis of genogram work. By providing a fascinating view into the richness of family dynamics, McGoldrick and her coauthors offer an invaluable guide to clinicians for accurately charting a family's structure, making it easier to scan for potential problems and take proactive steps to utilize resources when necessary.

About the Author:
Monica McGoldrick, MA, MSW, PhD(hc), is Cofounder and Director of the Multicultural Family Institute

About the Author:
Randy Gerson, Ph.D, was director of Atlanta College for Systemic Thinking until his death in 1995

About the Author:
Sueli Petry, PhD, is an Associate Faculty Member of the Multicultural Family Institute and is in private practice

Information-gathering & interpretation for track- ing family patterns, structures & functioning; clinical uses

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Replete with genograms (now computer-generatable), three therapists explain interviewing for and formatting this tool to map family patterns and apply it in interpreting the family structures of 32 notables from Freud to President Clinton. The bibliography is sectioned into text references, references by topic, and biographical sources on the featured families. Previously titled (c. 1985). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The British Journal of Psychiatry
“[G]odmother of genograms has triumphed again….[P]ractical applications of community genograms....[and] mapping relationships with work colleagues have broad appeal.”
The Family Psychologist
“[A] seminal work….new edition has been expanded to incorporate slightly modified symbols to enhance the usefulness...in clinical and research settings.”
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
“[A]n almost overwhelming array of riches….I recommend it highly.”
Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
“[S]eminal….While aimed at psychologists, family therapists, and social workers, this book is not overly scientific and certainly not too technical for the lay reader….Genealogists may find this book valuable on several levels.”
Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“[H]ighly recommend this book for all who would like to supplement their practice with this valuable therapeutic tool.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393702835
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 189
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition and The Genogram Journey.

Randy Gerson, Ph.D., was Director of Atlanta College for Systemic Thinking until his death in 1995.

Sueli Petry, Ph.D., is an Associate Faculty Member of the Multicultural Family Institute and is in private practice.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Genograms: Mapping Family Systems 1
2 Developing a Genogram to Track Family Patterns 13
3 Interpreting Family Structure from Genograms 62
4 Family Relational Patterns and Triangles 101
5 Assessing Family Roles, Functioning, Balance, Resilience, and Resources 115
6 Using Genograms to Track Families through the Life Cycle 125
7 Clinical Uses of the Genogram 149
8 Using Genograms for Family Research 176
Appendix 191
Bibliography 199
Index 227
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