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WK5 Family Genogram & Informal Observations and Interpretations Discussion Paper

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Running head: FAMILY GENOGRAM

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Genogram in Counseling
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GENOGRAM IN COUNSELING

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Genogram in Counseling

Over the years, a family genogram has proven to be a powerful tool in counseling.
Developed by Bowen in the 1950s, a family diagram/genogram is a method for “visually
arranging information about extended family systems over several generations to demonstrate
relational patterns and emotional processes for objective review and examination” (Capuzzi &
Stauffer, 2015, p.25). When precisely developed, genograms often illustrate family patterns,
emotional connections, relationship dynamics, psychological factors, significant life events, and
life stressors as well as relevant health factors. Based on this information, the counselor is able to
explore and understand the various patterns in the client's family history, which could be
affecting them. For this assignment, I developed my family genogram over three generations.
My Family Genogram

GENOGRAM IN COUNSELING

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Summary of the Genogram
The general system theory is a conceptual framework that focuses on linear-and-effect
relationships. Under the system, patterns, and events in their environmental context are key. The
family system theory has been exploited in counseling and psychotherapy and has been used to
identify developments that can lead to individual and family problems while at the same time
being exploited to identify specific interventions with the intention of improving functioning
within a family (Capuzzi & Stauffer, 2015). The system is effective in such cases as it
conceptualizes families as groups of interdependent individuals. The family system's key
assumptions include wholeness, feedback, equifinality, and circular causality. This
interconnectedness means that a change in one part of the system causes changes to t...

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