The Healing Room at Heartspace
Module Twelve - 30 minutes
What is a Genogram?
Relationship conflicts, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, domestic violence, emotional enmeshment and other factors can be traced generationally with a genogram.
Genograms are used in medicine to evaluate health risks by tracking diseases and other medical issues, such as diabetes, Alzheimers, cancer, or depression, generationally.
Instructions for the Genogram
Use some scratch paper first and make a basic genogram of your nuclear family of origin.
Start with making a male & female symbol for your birth parents and indicate whether they were married or otherwise, then use the appropriate connecting lines. From there draw yourself and any siblings from that union, starting with first born and go from left to right in brith order using circles or squares for appropriate gender. Put names and current ages for all living members, mark an X for any deceased. Put date of death and age at death for deceased members.
Use another scratch paper for your family of procreation, using the same instructions.
Use additional symbols to fill out other facts & details, for both genograms.
Add any additional details in the form of notes on the page.
Notice Your Parts
Second Time Around in Genogram
Look for important details regarding substance use, divorce, abuse, and interactional patterns. Indicate these on the Genogram. Take your genogram home and try to obtain additional information from family members if you feel comfortable doing that.
Examples of Genograms
Journal About What You Discover
You may also want to bring along your own private journal for this purpose.
Take Your Time
For example if you get most of the way through Module One in your first scheduled hour, You can review Module One the second time and leave out a few things, allowing time for the part you didn't get to. Or you could just start out by finishing Module One, and then go on to do a 30 minute module during your hour.
Providing feedback in the private Facebook group will help us make modifications in estimated time, and improve the overall experience of using The Healing Room.
Alternating Bilateral Stimulation
*Having the ABS playing at a volume loud enough to hear it, but low enough that it seems to fade into the background while you learn these skills, is optimal.