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    I have provided you with as much information on this project as I can. (In addition can you utilize or construction a genogram and ecomap). This is a part of your assignment, and you will have to do the construction. However, I have provided some tips that might help you to compete the project. Utilize this information with the "economap" examples, and you should be able to construct it properly. I apologize if there are errors in this post. I was running out of time. If there are let me know.
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    A Case Study and combined econmap and genogram

    The method of combining family genograms with ecomaps and financial information is designed to portray the family environment situation (Rickett & Rettering, 2006). As they explain the visual maps place the "best" interests of children as a priority focus by providing a illustrative view of family resources that include, human, physical, social, and financial resources. This visual information is aimed at highlighting the family's support systems.
    Genograms provide a visual representation of how family members are biologically, legally, and functionally related to one another across several generations (McGoldrick, Gerson, & Shellenberger, 1999 as cited in Rickert & Retting, 2006). The advantages of genograms is for the therapist to allow for a large amount of information on familial relationship patterns that can be viewed from multiple perspectives. Ecomaps provide an overview of the family in their current life space. The main purpose of the ecomap is to portray ecological systems within families as being interdependent with other systems social institutions; and label the exchanges in the environment (Hartman, 1995 as cited in Rickert & Retting, 2006).

    . As Congress 1994) explains further, ecomaps are diagrams that depict an individual or a family within a societal context, demonstrating the energy, supports, and resources necessary to maintain specific relationships. Genograms are family trees that identify emotional relationships and intergenerational family patterns. Thus, when combined, information can be synthesized to reveal the intricate web of social systems heaping the tension and strain between families such as schools. Six cases are presented to model a combined genogram-ecosystem that can be applied to the current case study; Genograms are pictured in the center and symbolizes or family system. The identifying surrounding the outer parts of the circle provide the information on the interacting social systems and the strain and system that can occur between systems. (See ecomap example) practitioners can synthesize the information to demystify the intricate web of social systems and the tension and strain between families and other systems such as schools. For the purposes of this paper, ecomaps will portray genograms in the center to symbolize a family system, as a sort of snapshot in time. This paper (Congress, 1994) illustrates six typical yet successful cases at an alternative school in which ecomaps were used as an interdisciplinary method of communication among systems when working.
    *The first case study suggests a Family Intervention Plan
    Using the pre-assignment ecomap illustrated in Figure 1, conflict can be identified with two people, Winston and his mother, while their relationship could be seen as enmeshed. His mother described their relationship as "...my closest relationship. He is my son, my friend, and the man of the house. I would do anything for him." Although Winston concurred with his mother's assessment, he was feeling the limits of the relationship as well: "my mom is my best friend. I can't do anything without her." Not surprisingly, Winston had difficulty relating to his peers and rejected authority figures such as his teachers because, given his temperament style, he could not accept direction from people who did not respect or understand his moral perspective. Likewise, Winston's mother had an "on-going feud" with the home school because she believed the teachers wanted to put her son "in the crazy school." Her fear of the unknown in the psycho-educational school caused her to be uncooperative with the referral process and alienated personnel from special education. At intake, the mother was fearful, resentful, and untrusting of the school system.
    . Case number 4-0Jackson - Symptoms of Conduct Disorder (Congress, 1994)
    Although Jackson in the first case study met the criteria for Emotional Behavior Disorder. The Resulting intervention was a Family intervention based on multi-generational family therapy Bowen Family therapy. Congress (1995) asserted that Jackson had become enmeshed in the family in the same way as Bobby hose relationship has been fused with his mothers'.
    Thus, Bobby's ecomap should reflect the conflict in the immediate family that can affect the relationships including his teachers and peers. The intervention focuses on: (1) his social skills, and (2) on family support that could be coordinated by a school counselors or social worker. He could receive academic support to help with his homework (Congress, 1994). The genogram may reflect Bobby's unresolved feelings regarding his father's absences from the family .During therapy the opening up of Bobby's feelings could suggest a new perspective on the family's problems. The genogram is constructed to show the process of understanding the family and the dilemma that is presented

    *Case Description
    Hypothetical Case Study of Bobby
    Bobby is an 8-year-old Native American male in the second grade. He lives in New Jersey with his mother (Maria), father (Jose) and 10-year old older sister, Barbara. They moved to New Jersey from their native home in New Mexico when Bobby was six and his sister Barbara was 8. Barbara has adjusted well to her new surroundings (e.g. home, school, friends), but Bobby ...

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    This solution discusses the development of an ecomap.