This exercise will give each student experience in utilizing a genogram and an ecomap as methods of assessment. Students will create a genogram and ecomap based on their life and family. A genogram is a graphic representation of a family tree that displays detailed data on relationships among individuals. It extends beyond a traditional family tree by allowing the user to analyze hereditary patterns and psychological factors that may influence relationships and behaviors. Genograms allow social workers and clients to work together to quickly identify and understand various patterns in the client’s family history, which may have had an influence on the client’s current state of mind. On the genogram, students should emphasize their identified strengths, targets for change, patterns and relationships within their family environment. Students will also complete an ecomap. Included on the ecomap should be significant environmental and social systems, sources of stress and support, and the nature of relationships. Students will turn into genogram, ecomap, and a 2-3 page self-reflection paper describing the information gained by using these assessment tools. Examples of genograms and ecomaps can be found on the links, but if you do a search you will find many more.