THE USE OF COLOR-CODED GENOGRAMS IN FAMILY THERAPY

Authors

  • Karen Gail Lewis

    1. Catholic University of America Washington, DC
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    • Karen Gail Lewis, EdD, is Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Services-Shahan Hall, Washington, DC 20024.


  • The author wishes to express appreciation to the members of the Eating Disorders staff, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, who participated in the creation of the color-coded genogram: Susan Wooley, PhD; Lee DeRhodes, MSW; Wayne Wooley, PhD.

Abstract

A variable color-coding system has been added to the standard family genogram. Characteristics or issues associated with a particular presenting problem or for a particular family are arbitrarily assigned a color. The family is then asked to mark each family member with the colors that represent characteristics that fit. Advantages of the color-coding are presented, followed by clinical examples of the color-coding as an assessment tool and as a family task during treatment.

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