Genograms are useful assessment tools that foster clients’ understanding of historical family patterns that might impact current behaviors, relationships, and functioning. From a social work perspective, individuals are embedded within many different systems that impact their lives, and the genogram emphasizes this systems theoretical perspective with a focus on the family. The family is perhaps the most important and universal system with which clients interact. Family systems influence an individual’s behavior, attitude, belief system, and cultural identity from one’s earliest days, and they play an important role in shaping one’s roles and relationships in society.
Use As An Assessment Tool
As an assessment tool, the genogram allows client and clinician to examine family structure in detail, and capture clinically-relevant information related to the quality and characterization of relationships. After capturing this information together, client and clinician can explore the ways in which family processes play out across generations.
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