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Using genograms in family therapy

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Date: ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 10


Organiser: Clinical Supervision Services

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Genograms provide an invaluable opportunity to map out the family history, patterns of behaviour, beliefs and values and can be used as a tool for engagement, assessment and treatment. This E-Learning course will provide participants with a solid understanding of how to use genograms therapeutically helping the client and their family tell their story and clarify patterns, rituals beliefs and values that shape family functioning. The course is suitable for health and welfare professionals who currently or intend to work with families. It is anticipated that the module will take 8-10 hours.

This 5 self-paced includes chapters:

  • Understanding genograms,
  • Constructing genograms,
  • Using genograms in family therapy,
  • Cultural genograms,
  • Mapping Wider Systems: Ecomaps.

The module includes videos reflective learning tasks, practice examples, demonstrations, references and a short quiz at the end of the module. The course provides a number of up to date and reliable references. A certificate of completion is issued on the completion of the course.

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Know how to construct and use genograms for the purpose to better understand family patterns and dynamics
  • Be able to reflect on using genograms in clinical practice: to identify both transgenerational patterns of ill physical and mental health
  • Be able to use family strengths as a resource in therapy
  • Know how to apply the information gathered in a family interview about the family
  • Understand how to construct and apply cultural and sociogram/ecograms to look for resources for use in therapy

Presenter details

This e-learning short course was written by Glenn Larner B.A. (Honours) Psychology 1964, Masters in Clinical Psychology 1979 PhD 2010 editor-in-chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) since 2010, an accredited supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy and authorised by Christine Senediak BA. (Hons), M Psychol (Clin) M. Family Therapy. Christine is Principal Director of Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute. (SFTTI) She has over 30 years experience working as a clinical psychologist, educator and supervisor. She has a strong interest in evidence based practice and systems theory and integrates this in her work as therapist, educator and supervisor.In 2014 she was appointed one of 12 National trainers to provide PsyBA Supervisor training and in 2015 the practice has grown to now provide five Master classes in supervision and has a team of experienced Clinical Psychologists and a Neuropsychologist who also offer training in the field. In addition to her work with AHPRA. Christine also offers supervision, short courses and workshops and consults to agencies on matters relating to mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Method of delivery



Per module $110

Package options available please refer to provider website for further information



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