The Attachment-Based Focused Genogram Workbook is a hands-on guide for clinicians looking to integrate attachment research and family systems theory into their practice, with particular attention to intergenerational transmission processes.
The book introduces a range of relationship mapping and timeline tools, grounded in the use of focused genograms and the Intersystem Approach. Examining the importance of the therapeutic bond within a variety of client-systems, the book outlines a new methodology for identifying childhood attachment patterns, adult attachment styles, family scripts and attachment narratives, and contextual social bonds. Exercises are also included throughout to encourage reflective thinking and to consolidate key concepts.
Utilizing genograms as an essential tool in systemically focused family practice, this workbook will help therapists at all levels to apply and strengthen systemic considerations for clinical practice and research. The text also complements the revised edition of Focused Genograms, which uniquely applies attachment research for individuals, couples, and families in contextual clinical settings.
Table of Contents
Part I Foundations of the Focused Genogram Applications of Attachment Theory 1. Attachment-Based Focused Genograms: The Intersystem Approach and Applications of the Attachment Theory Construct 2. The Clinical Mind Map: A Visual Perspective Part II Foundations of Therapeutic Posture 3. Therapeutic Posture: Developing the Collaborative Therapeutic Alliance 4. My Mothers, My Fathers, My Self: Self-of-the-Therapist Project Part III Applications in the Four Intersystem Approach Domains 5. The Individual Domain: Childhood Attachment Patterns, the Internal Models Map, and Identification of Disorganized Attachment Bonds 6. The Couple Domain: The Couple Interaction Map, Couple Flow, and the Interplay of Attachment Bonds 7. The Intergenerational Domain: The Family Connections Map 8. The Contextual Domain: The Social Bonds Ecomap 9. The Attachment-Based Case Formulation: Exploring the Four Domains, Developing the Four Therapeutic Styles, and Identifying Clinical Goals and Tasks Part IV The Evolving Focused Genograms 10. The Basic Genogram: A Comprehensive Update with Markie L. C. Twist and Rita DeMaria 11. The Addictions Focused Genogram: A Companion for Comprehensive Clinical Assessment with Markie L. C. Twist
Rita DeMaria, PhD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certified sex therapist and an American Association for Marriage Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor with extensive expertise in systemic applications of attachment theory within a comprehensive focused genogram methodology, and with a unique focus on disorganized attachment.
Briana Bogue, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), PhD Candidate, is a couple and family therapist and trauma researcher. She has dedicated her research and clinical work to understanding how individuals, couples, families, and larger systems experience trauma and access resilience.
Veronica Haggerty, MA, Registered Nurse (RN), MFT, is a couple and family therapist and a victim advocate committed to helping individuals, families, and couples navigate a pathway to healing.
"The Attachment-Based Focused Genogram Workbook offers a detailed, practical learning experience for clinicians who want to expand the traditional use of the genogram, applying attachment and systems theory to assessing and designing interventions for clients. The authors present useful, theory supported exercises and visual processes, helping clinician and client to collaborate in understanding complex systemic, intergenerational patterns. As an added bonus the workbook contains exercises, aiding new and experienced clinicians in self-discovery, facilitating the all-important therapeutic alliance."
Theresa A. Beeton, PhD, LCSW, co-author of Assessing Family Relationships: A Family Life Space Drawing Manual
"The Attachment-Based Focused Genogram Workbook is useful for any therapist interested in using visual tools to gain a focus on treatment. This workbook instructs clearly the process of determining the interconnectedness that is part of any systemic treatment. Moving beyond a summary of those simply involved in treatment, the Focused Genogram leads the clinician in a step-by-step manner into a case conceptualization that incorporates a sophisticated link to attachment theory. All students and practicing clinicians could benefit from the workbook in that it helps take copious information, and allows one to gain precise understanding of multiple dimensions in a visual format.
Following the procedure laid out by Dr. Rita DeMaria, et al, will assist a therapist to reduce the complexity of clinical work and create a method to explore the dynamics of any case."
Scott Browning, PhD, ABPP, professor, Department of Professional Psychology, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia
"This workbook is a useful guide for our Couples and Family Therapy programs' practicum and internship. The authors have written in a way that engages a new generation of students and therapists, as well as clinical supervisors and researchers. The workbook provides helpful assessment tools such as the Focused Genograms, which are based predominantly on Attachment Theory and Bowen Family Systems Theory. I am confident that my students will find this required workbook beneficial as they use it alongside the textbook Focused Genograms in our Couple and Family Therapy graduate programs."
Jay E. Oh, PhD, president and professor, Southern California School of Couples and Family Therapy at Daybreak University
"To help couples and families develop healthier ways of relating in the here and now, clinicians must competently guide them through a journey into their past—not only the past of their relationship and of their families of origin, but also of the multiple generations that preceded them and from whom they inherited their physical and personal traits and their interactional tendencies. The Attachment-Based Focused Genogram Workbook is the essential guidebook to help therapists unmask and dissect that deeper past, bringing about understanding of the historical forces that underlie their clients' present relationship problems and thereby making liberation from those difficulties possible. No therapist should attempt the demanding work of couple or family therapy without it!"
Mo Therese Hannah, PhD, professor of psychology, Siena College; advanced clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy; New York State licensed psychologist