Genogram essay Social work
This assessment assignment is designed to have you thoughtfully and critically consider individual and family patterns from a systemic, intergenerational perspective.
Requirements: References are required for this paper. The materials required (texts and articles) for this course are sufficient and there is no need to use other sources. Please make sure to cite your sources both within your paper and on the reference page in APA format. Please use scholarly journals, texts, articles, etc. in your references if you decide to use sources other than the class texts and articles on Blackboard. A webpage is not considered a scholarly source.
Length of Assignment: A one-page Genogram diagram with legend plus a five (5) page analysis and insightful assessment of you and your family relationships that is based in theoretical perspectives. When creating your genogram diagram do not forget to include a legend to identify symbols and their meanings. Use the resources in Blackboard to create the diagram and legend.
Following from assignment one, prepare your own family Genogram by consulting (when possible) various members of your nuclear and extended family. Gather a careful history of as many family members covering three generations if possible. Whenever possible I ask that you speak to family members to ask for information that you do not or cannot remember. I ask that you include either a name or initials for those listed in the genogram schematic so that I can understand whom you are discussing in the written analysis and narrative.
For those of you with large families indicate only those who had a direct influence on you and your parents. Gather a careful history of each family member (covering three generations – grandparents, parents, their siblings, your siblings, cousins, your own children etc.). Again, you need only indicate on the genogram those members of your immediate and extended family who had an effect on who, and how you are today.
Note names (initials will do), ages, gender identity, education, significant events i.e. marriage, death, immigration, illness, job loss, major relocations/displacement and/or immigration, loss, incarceration, divorce, remarriage, etc. Add as much information as possible.
Also, indicate history of relationship disruptions such as intimate partner violence, substance misuse/abuse, divorce or separation of any sort and any other relevant factors and/or issues.
· As we discussed, anxiety in relationships can have a tremendous influence on the family process. An indication of the level of anxiety within the family and how that might have been transmitted through the generations and might be at work in shaping our family processes, can be uncovered by exploring triangles, alliances, coalitions, cut-offs, fusions, enmeshments, etc. In completing your genogram look for these indicators and discuss the origin and effects of each. Were you able to see patterns in your family relationships that have affected your own beliefs, perspectives and relational patterns?
· Incorporate theory – Bowen Family Systems and other theoretical model we covered into this assessment and analysis of your Family Genogram.
Be sure to consider both micro-and macro-level influences on you, your family system and your family process. Incorporate the lenses of Bowen’s Multigenerational Transmission of Process and the Family Life Cycle perspective as you consider your Genogram. Finally, note the sort of experiences you had in constructing your Genogram, as well as your experience of contacting family members to obtain information to complete your Genogram. Ask your family members what the experience might have been like for them as well.
· Note carefully factors such as: race, culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic and political beliefs, ability, orientation and any other possible attributes of discrimination. Discuss the effects of that discrimination on you and your family system as a whole. How has that shaped you and your perspective on your relationship with your family, in your partner choices and in your life experiences?
The Goal: To identify healthy and unhealthy patterns in interpersonal relationships within your family system. To explore how those patterns might have influenced family relations through the generations and still be influencing your current relationships both within and outside your family system.