Review the following Resources:
- What is a Genogram? (Links to an external site.)
- How to Make a Genogram (Links to an external site.)
- Genopro – Family Genogram Maker (Links to an external site.) – Here is the link to the genealogy software that you can use to create your family genogram. The software includes a free trial.
Family Assessment Project
Assessing the family is critical to family-centered practice. Family-centered assessment provides useful information to aid in family-centered goal setting and family plan development. The ultimate goal here is to assist families in the change process, in ways that are empowering to them.
There are many factors to consider in family-centered assessment (i.e. engaging the family in the assessment process; assessing a family’s uniqueness through cultural background, beliefs, and values; family stress and resiliency; family challenges; the family’s readiness for change; family dynamics; etc.).
For this assignment you will explore an assessment technique that uses an intergenerational tool that focuses on family strengths: Strengths-Based Family Genogram.
Using your own family as a guide, please complete a genogram that includes the following information:
- Assess your family back 3 generations (including your current family).
- Include in your genogram the family members within your current family, and the families of both your mother and father, and your grandparents* (i.e. parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.).
- Identify unique qualities and strengths of your family members (identify within your genogram family members who are heroes or heroines, resilient members, courageous members, compassionate members, how these members have influenced your family, etc. – which are components of Resiliency-Based Genograms).
- End your assignment by discussing how the strengths within your family can become resources that your family can use in setting goals for positive change. This discussion should be written in essay format.
- Include with your essay, a visual diagram of your family’s Strengths-Based Family Genogram (you can download a free trial version of genogram maker software at: http://www.genopro.com/ (Links to an external site.)). Please review the resources for this week to find information about how to complete your genogram.
*If you do not know the composition of your biological family (because you may have been raised separate from them), you can use a family that you identify with, or a fictitious family, for this assignment.
Please make sure that your paper is written in the appropriate APA format, including specific references to the learning resources used in its preparation.