The Genogram Casebook

A Clinical Companion to Genograms: Assessment and Intervention

Monica McGoldrick (Author, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

Overview | Contents

A long-awaited workbook companion to Monica McGoldrick’s highly successful textbook Genograms.

This clinical companion to the bestselling Genograms: Assessment & Intervention uses case examples to articulate the most effective ways to use genograms in clinical practice.

Widely utilized by family therapists and health care professionals, the genogram is a graphic way of organizing the mass of information gathered during a family assessment and finding patterns in the family system for more targeted treatment. For a client with cutoff relationships or a history of trauma, it can be hard to talk to a therapist about past and present relationships. Genograms are a non-intrusive and non-confrontational way to learn about a client's history and chart crucial, complex information for effective assessment and therapy.

The Genogram Casebook deploys richly detailed case examples to address resistance to genograms, overcoming dysfunctional relationship patterns, working with couples, navigating issues of divorce and remarriage, using genograms in family sessions with children, repairing conflict and cutoff with family members, looking at the therapist's own family, and much more. It's a vibrantly practical, decisively essential guide to the use of genograms in mental health practice.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70907-0
  • 8.1 × 10 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“McGoldrick's engaging writing style and clear, concise examples promote clinical work that includes use of the venogram throughout the therapeutic process. . . . Therapists experience in venogram use in clinical settings can use this resource both personally and professionally to understand, challenge, and address issues faced by their clients and themselves throughout the therapeutic process. . .. Clinical supervisors can strengthen their work with and the work of student clinicians by adopting the casebook for use in practicum or other clinical courses.” — Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

“With clarity, depth, and heart, this book shows us how the genogram can be used to engage clients, master resistance, restore broken connections, and help our clients (and ourselves) resolve issues and move forward. The Genogram Casebook is so rich in theory and practical advice that as soon as I finished reading it, I started again.” — Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

“Monica McGoldrick has long been a leader in developing, perfecting, and utilizing the genogram in understanding and working with complex and difficult family relationship issues. With the publication of her long-awaited Genogram Casebook, she is at the very acme of her expertise and career. Her superbly detailed, clinically rich casebook is a must-read textbook on how the genogram can be skillfully and insightfully used to help individuals, couples, and families explore and resolve some of their most difficult relationship issues. This book should be an essential companion, instructor, and wise supervisor for therapists at all levels of experience.” — DeWitt Baldwin, Jr., MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Nevada Medical School

The Genogram Casebook is like having a personal conversation with Monica McGoldrick. She makes Bowen theory come alive as she shows how to help clients move beyond their immediate situations to connect with a broader sociohistorical sense of self. The goal? To be able to create the kind of connections our clients want in life. This book is so very helpful—full of wisdom and step-by-step advice for how to build relationships founded on self-responsibility and openness to learn about another.” — Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, Professor and Director, Marriage, Couple, & Family Therapy Program, Lewis & Clark College

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