Harnessing the Power of Genograms in Psychotherapy - 2 CPD Hours

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This is a rare opportunity to watch the therapist who developed and popularized genograms demonstrate how to actually create and utilize them in a therapy session. In this video, you will see Monica McGoldrick in action as she masterfully conducts an initial interview with a new client, demonstrating the step-by-step process of gathering historical information, creating the genogram, and contextualizing the client’s presenting problem within a multigenerational family systems framework.

John is a 39-year-old African-American graphic designer who is having marital problems. Mystified and distressed by his pattern of distancing from his wife who is six months pregnant, he desperately wants to understand why he is pulling away. McGoldrick’s focused interest in John’s family story gently guides him in a thorough investigation of the social and historical context of his current struggles. With McGoldrick as an ally, John makes fascinating discoveries as he uncovers surprising coincidences, poignant tragedies and inspiring sources of resilience.

Watching McGoldrick engage a client in exploring the connection between his presenting problem and his family-of-origin issues is a treat in and of itself, but a bonus feature of this video is following McGoldrick’s step-by-step creation of John’s genogram on the spot. It makes for a compelling and highly educational experience.

By watching this video, you will learn how to:

  • Utilize the genogram to place clients’ presenting problems in a historical and social context
  • Respond when a client resists exploring family issues
  • Explain to clients why exploring family background is relevant

McGoldrick is a master at facilitating awareness of coincidences that are just at the margins of consciousness. On the surface, John’s presenting problem doesn’t seem related to his family of origin, and he is skeptical when McGoldrick asks questions about his siblings, parents, and grandparents that at first seem irrelevant. But as the session proceeds and the therapeutic alliance builds, McGoldrick and John become co-explorers on a journey into his family’s story that uncovers surprising links between his past and present. It is remarkable to watch how John shifts from being defensive and guarded to open and curious, enabling him to understand himself in a larger context and shed new light on his underlying fears that are keeping him from loving his wife in the way that he wants to. This requisite curiosity is possible because of McGoldrick’s exceptional ability to stay closely connected to John throughout the session, honoring his pace and gently encouraging him without coming across as pushy or disrespectful. It’s impressive to see how she is able to quickly build such a solid alliance even as she takes notes and creates the genogram live in the session. Her care and interest in helping him make sense of his problem and find new solutions really shine through.

In addition to the fascinating therapy session that includes step-by-step demonstration of how to create a genogram on the spot, this video also includes an interview that Victor Yalom conducts with Monical McGoldrick, giving viewers a deeper understanding of McGoldrick’s approach and her reflections on the session. Throughout the session McGoldrick also offers voiceover commentary on what is happening and the thinking behind her interventions. All of these features make for a comprehensive and enlightening learning experience.


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About Monica McGoldrick, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D. (Honorary)


Monica McGoldrick, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D. (Honorary), the Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, is also Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Smith for her many contributions to the field. Among many other awards, she has received the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice. She has written and spoken widely on a variety of topics including culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, loss, genograms, remarried families, and siblings. Three of her books have become best-selling classics of their publishers: The Changing Family Life Cycle, 3rd edition; Ethnicity and Family Therapy, 3rd edition; and Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, 3rd edition.


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