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Focused Genograms by Larry Hof, Gerald R. Weeks, Rita DeMaria

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Family Maps

Although practitioners often identify cut-offs, enmeshments, and conflictual relationships when they create genograms, these become global assessments that do not always address the complexity of relationship patterns and intergenerational legacies. Charting interpersonal dynamics within the family system, the Family Map separates relational patterns from intergenerational legacies (via the Basic and Focused Genograms) and developmental issues (via the Time Line, discussed in Chapter 5). Through the use of the Family Map, the clinician can explore kinship and community affiliations and also tailor the therapeutic posture toward the client’s unique needs. The Family Map is a flexible tool. Practitioners can choose to have ...

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