Clinical Practice – Lessons Learned from Genograms
Reflection 6: Clinical Practice – Lessons Learned from Genograms
Complete required readings about Bowen family therapy and genograms.
a. McGoldrick (2016): Ch. 1 – Using genograms in clinical practice, (pp. 1-12), and Ch. 11 – The therapist’s own family, (pp. 281-292). In The genogram casebook – A clinical companion to: Genograms – Assessment and intervention.
b. McGoldrick, M., Gerson, R., and Petry, S. (2008): Ch. 5 – Interpreting family structure, (pp. 114-156). In Genograms: Assessment and Intervention.
2. Listen to lecture: Diane R. Gehart, PhD – Bowen Family Therapy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLQOWoom2d0
3. Review the Multicultural Family Institute Genogram Symbols chart
4. Sketch out at least three generations (for your use only; does not need to be submitted with assignment) of your own family and respond to the following questions:
– What patterns or themes in your own family do you think are your best resources as a clinician?
-What patterns or themes in your family do you think are most likely to be triggers with your clinical cases?
-How did your family members deal with conflict, intense emotion, grief, anger, or other feelings, and what patterns of “going along” with the family patterns may you have absorbed?