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Conduct an interview with one or both of your parents about your family history. If this is not possible, consider interviewing your spouse’s parents or another older family member such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. If family is not available to interview, or if this assignment is too emotionally challenging, please speak to your instructor for suggestions.
Write a 750- 1,000 summary that includes the following elements:
An overview of your findings within your family interview. Some potential interview questions include (a) What is/was your relationship like with your parents? (b) What was your parents’ relationship like growing up? How about now? (c) What was your relationship like with your siblings growing up? How about now? (d) What was your siblings’ relationships like with your parents?
Examples of Bowenian family dynamics, which include but are not limited to relationship triangles, instances of emotional fusion and/or reactive distancing, as well as a description of the levels of differentiation in the family.
A discussion of some of the insights you found valuable and/or interesting when applying Bowen’s concepts to the information found within your family interview.
At least three scholarly sources (peer-reviewed journal articles, books, etc.)
Create a genogram of your family for the past two generations. The genogram can be handwritten and scanned, completed as a PDF, or completed using Word tools to ensure it can be uploaded. Include the following in your genogram: A key to provide an explanation of symbols used within your genogram.
Your family members, key relationship dynamics, as well as instances of mental health and substance abuse issues.
A brief reflection of your findings within the genogram (50-100 words).
Submit the paper, genogram, and reflection.
While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Course Resources if you need assistance.
This assignment is informed by the following CACREP Standards: 2.F.3.a. Theories of individual and family development across the lifespan.
2.F.5.a. Theories and models of counseling.
2.F.5.b. A systems approach to conceptualizing clients.