Genograms: Assessment and Intervention / Edition 3

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Widely used to train health and mental health professionals, the genogram is a graphic way of organizing information gathered during a family assessment and identifying patterns in the family system. This popular text updated and expanded to highlight new developments in genogram use thoroughly explains how to draw, interpret, and apply the genogram. Using genograms of famous families as examples including those of Sigmund Freud, the Kennedys, Bill Clinton, and Thomas Jefferson, to name a few, the authors examine the principles of family systems theory and systemic interviewing. Clinical applications of genograms in both family therapy and family medicine are described, and new frontiers of research are explored, particularly the use of computer-generated genograms. Entertaining and instructive, Genograms is the ideal guide for introducing all those involved in family treatment family therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and trainees in these fields to this essential assessment and intervention tool.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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 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.”
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705096
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Series: Norton Professional Bks.
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 62,557
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (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

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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