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Personal Genogram Reflection

There are many different forms of the American family today. Reflect on your own genogram, the Contemporary Family interview clips, and your readings to consider what messages you have been given about sexual identity and family roles from multiple levels: family of origin, your community, and mainstream society. How are these ideas influenced, challenged, changed, or maintained by the media, education, religion, or advocacy? As a counselor, how will you be challenged when working with families different from your own?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on your own genogram and talk about the symbolism that you see in there and the impact of the patterns in you. Since this is a reflection, this will likely be personal. Keep it simple, but reflect on key issues required of you. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About Genograms - 100 words
2. About your genogram (make a simple summary) - 100 words
3. Reflect on what the patterns mean to you (family, culture, personality - 150 words
4. Impact and enforcement - 100 words
5. Opinion on family work - 100 words

This outline should yield around 550 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. The Genogram discussion below is a construction to show you an example. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Genogram: A Reflection

Developed first by Monica Goldrick & Randy Gerson as a clinical tool through their published book Genograms: Assessment and Intervention published in 1985, a genogram is a visual and graphic (pictorial display) of an individual's family relationships and medical history. It is important and far removed from a typical family tree because it traces, relates and indicates the hereditary profile and histories of familial relations and family members, allowing one a fuller picture of one's hereditary DNA. What it does is it allows a fuller picture for visualizing hereditary patterns as well as psychological factors that aids medical diagnosis as well as identify repetitive patterns of behavior that 'mapping out' allows recognizing hereditary tendencies. In the practice of psychology, genograms are used by experts in varied of fields of study likes genealogy, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, genetic research, education, etc. Therapy and counselling practitioners use ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of genograms and using it to study family history and its implications on identity and personality as well as choices. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.