Focused Genograms, 2nd Edition: Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Focused Genograms, 2nd Edition

Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families

By Rita DeMaria, Gerald R. Weeks, Markie L. C. Twist

© 2017 – Routledge

296 pages

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Focused Genograms provides a cutting-edge guide to utilizing the Intersystem Approach meta-framework and attachment theory to construct focused genograms. Focused genograms are graphic representations of intergenerational family interactions, and can be tailored to themes. This new volume includes nearly two decades of research, clinical experience, and theory; including rapidly expanding empirical support of attachment theory, gender, and trauma theory. It will allow the reader to comprehensively develop assessment and treatment planning for a wide range of client-systems. The clinical approach to using Focused Genograms traces intergenerational patterns of attachment and helps the therapist create an attachment-focused bond with client-systems of all types.


"In this meticulously constructed volume, Rita DeMaria, Gerald Weeks, and Markie Twist have produced the definitive guide for using Focused Genograms to promote deep understanding and effective treatment of distressed couples and families. Viewed through the prism of Attachment theory, the Focused Genogrammodel provides a clearly delineated clinical map to guide therapists across the whole therapeutic arena—assessment, treatment planning, establishment of the therapeutic context, and the assurance of desirable treatment outcomes. The model thus empowers clinicians to help liberate their clients from self-defeating, intergenerationally transmitted relational patterns. This magnificent book is theoretically rooted and empirically grounded; it is also persuasively and beautifully written, making it an essential addition to the therapeutic armamentarium of every individual, couples, and family therapist."

Mo Hannah, PhD, professor of psychology, Siena College, NY

"Focused Genograms, 2nd Edition, is a significant update to the original book. The addition of Attachment Theory makes the genogram a more comprehensive assessment instrument. This book creates a tool that looks beyond current family interactions and assists the practitioner in order to naturally and clearly assess intergenerational legacies, individual dynamics and the influence of the wider community affiliations. Anyone wishing to expand their case assessment skills will find great value in this book."

Scott Browning, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology, Chestnut Hill College, PA

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book’s update on Weeks’ Intersystem Approach and Focused Genogram practices. By adding material developed through theory (e.g., attachment), experience, and research (e.g., neuroscience), the authors have expanded and deepened the usefulness of the Focused Genogram as a meta-framework assessment tool for systemic treatment of individuals, couples, and families regardless of preferred therapy approach. Useful for novice therapists as well as seasoned clinicians and trainers/supervisors.

Thorana Nelson, PhD, professor emerita, Utah State University

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables About the Authors Preface Acknowledgements Introduction List of Abbreviations I: The Intersystem Approach and Integration of Attachment Theory 1. The Intersystem Approach: Intergenerational Assessment and Clinical Practice II: Re-Introducing Focused Genograms and Therapeutic Posture 3. A Guide to the Focused Genogram, Maps & Timelines Appendix 1. 4. Therapeutic Posture: The Attachment Based Therapeutic Alliance With Individuals, Couples, and Families III: The New and Expanded Attachment Focused Genograms 5. The Attachments Focused Genogram: Expanding the Basic Genogram 6. The Fairness Focused Genogram: A Contextual Therapy Perspective B. Janet Hibbs 7. The Gender Focused Genogram 8. The Sexuality Focused Genogram Michele Marsh 9. The Abuse, Violence, and Trauma Focused Genogram Index

About the Authors

Rita DeMaria, PhD, LMFT, CST, is a senior staff clinician at Council for Relationships and faculty member and supervisor in the Post-Graduate Couple and Family Therapy Program. She is on the faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, ABPP, CST, is a professor emeritus in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the founder of the Intersystem Approach.

Markie L. C. Twist, PhD, LMFT, LMHC, CSE, is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department and Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family