A genogram offers the clinician a basic picture of who clients are, where they come from, and who matters in their lives. It offers a framework for understanding present stresses, past struggles, and the resources that will be available to clinicians and their clients during therapy. Genogram mapping is an organizing tool to help clinicians understand clients and to help clients understand their problems and their lives. Without this kind of mapping, it may be difficult for clinicians to keep track of clients’ lives or to help clients see the patterns in which they are embedded.

Genograms can help clinicians be mindful of the complexity of a family’s context, including family history, patterns, and events that may have ongoing significance for understanding clients and helping them ...

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