Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Introduction to Family Therapy and the Clinical Use of Genograms


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Five | Catering: Refreshments & light lunch provided

This workshop provides an introduction to Family Therapy with a specific focus on the clinical use of genograms. A systemic perspective looks at a person, concerns and strengths in the wider context of family, culture and environment. Family Therapy enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experience and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives. This workshop outlines essential concepts in adopting a family relational framework and explores the process of a family session. It aims to promote and encourage the use of genograms to increase engagement, explore multigenerational patterns and build a systemic understanding of the client.

• What is Family Therapy? Origins, development, application and evidence base
• Thinking systemically: essential concepts in adopting a family relational framework
• Getting started: an introduction to the process of a family session
• Clinical uses of genograms: why and how, genogram interviewing and creative techniques with children
• Practice: applying essential concepts, planning a session and completing a genogram

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Understand what is meant by ‘Family Therapy’ and identify key concepts
• Further develop systemic thinking in relation to clients, concerns and strengths
• Increase confidence in working with families in part or as a whole
• Increase confidence in using genograms in practice

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Working with Services Users
• Working with Families/Whānau
• Professional and Personal Development


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