Genograms: Assessment and Intervention
Genograms: Assessment and Intervention by Monica McGoldrick, Randy
Gerson and Sylvia Shellenberger is an excellent resource for students and
professionals seeking to understand the standard methods involved in creating,
interpreting, and applying the genogram. First published under the name
Genograms in Family Assessment in 1985, the book was updated and
republished in 1999 to include new developments in the field, and to better
illustrate the diverse family forms and patterns emerging in society.
Widely used by both family therapists and family physicians, the genogram is
a graphic way of organizing the mass of information gathered during a family
assessment and finding patterns in the family system. This popular text, now
updated and expanded, provides a standard method for constructing a genogram.
doing a genogram interview, and interpreting the results. The text comes to life
for the reader through the use of genograms of famous families--those of Sigmund
Freud, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, the Kennedys, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, Bill
Clinton, Princess Diana, the Roosevelts, and Thomas Jefferson--to name a few.
Once the principles of family systems theory and systemic interviewing have been
thoroughly explained and illustrated by genograms, the authors go on to present
clinical applications in both family therapy and family medicine and to explore
new frontiers of research, particularly the use of computer-generated genograms.
The new edition highlights new developments, particularly those that tak e into
account race, culture, and the diversity of American families, and includes many
new cases. Both entertaining and instructive, Genograms is an ideal way to
introduce all those involved in family treatment--family therapists, physicians,
nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, and trainees in these fields--to
this essential assessment and intervention tool.
While this book provides the theoretical information to create and understand
genograms, GenoPro provides a software for creating computer-generated
genograms. Using the same basic genogram symbols found in the book and expanding
on emotional and social relationships to include more possibilities, GenoPro is
the perfect tool for the family therapist seeking to generate genograms quickly
and efficiently in a clinical setting.
Monica McGoldrick's third edition of Genograms: Assessment and
Intervention is set be published in 2007 by W.W. Norton.