Case Conceptualization and Genogram

For this assignment, you will develop a hypothetical family case. The purpose of this project is to provide you with an opportunity to review and reflect on your clinical development of a case study. You will develop a genogram for this fictional family and choose from specific theoretical models, depending on your degree program. Your analysis needs to include theory-based interventions that align with the clinical model chosen.

Your assignment will include three parts:

  • Case overview with supporting genogram and pattern reflection.
  • Theoretical model and interventions.
  • Reflection.

You will need to use and cite a minimum of eight scholarly resources from within the most recent 3–5 years (unless it is a seminal article). The length of the paper should be a minimum of 12 typed, double spaced pages.

Case Overview With Supporting Genogram and Pattern Reflection

In 1–2 pages, provide a general description of your created case, an identification of the clients, and any other presenting information that sets a context for the case and your work with it. Create a supporting genogram that aligns with the narrative for this hypothetical case. The case should include a family system and the genogram should include three generations. Be sure to identify who is attending the sessions in the case overview.

When reflecting on the patterns of the genogram, you need to identify themes across the generation, such as marital patterns, educational and career patterns, patterns which started in different generations, and patterns which stopped in different generations. Discuss your ideas about the how the relationship qualities developed between the family members. How did personality traits and family values influence education and career choices? How did generations balance family and work?

Theoretical Model and Interventions

Learners in the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program need to choose from this list of theoretical models:

  • Strategic family therapy, including the MRI and Milan models (theorists: Weakland, Jackson, Watzlawick, Haley, Madanes, Palazzoli, Boscolo, Cecchin, Prata).
  • Intergenerational family therapy (theorist: Bowen).
  • Structural family therapy (theorist: Minuchin).

Learners in the Mental Health Counseling program need to choose from this list of theoretical models:

  • Bioecological theory (theorist: Bronfenbrenner).
  • Structural family therapy (theorist: Minuchin).
  • Intergenerational family therapy (theorist: Bowen).

After you have identified your choice of the theoretical model to use, complete the following:

  • Identify the theoretical model you used, and provide a brief overview of the model. Include the theory of change, stance of the therapist, and founding theorists. It is important to use peer-reviewed references (from the most recent 3–5 years, unless it is a seminal article) to support your discussion of the theory; look for seminal articles written by the founding theorists.
  • Include interventions that are used according to the model and provide questions you would ask during the therapy session. Include a discussion on these questions and how the interventions used relate to the theoretical model. For example, if you were using solution-focused therapy, you might ask the miracle question or a scaling question.


In 1–2 pages, write a conclusion summarizing what you learned about yourself as a counselor or therapist. Address the following:

  • How have you learned as a counselor or therapist to take care of yourself?
  • What are some areas you recognize as strengths and challenges?
  • When do you think it is important for a counselor or therapist to seek supervision?
  • What will you do as a counselor or therapist to increase your own awareness of diversity when working with clients? Provide examples.
  • What are some possible issues that may arise when working with a client from a different cultural background from yours?

Submission Requirements

  • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
  • Number of resources: Minimum of eight scholarly resources.
  • Length of paper: A minimum of 12 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding the cover page, reference page, and genogram.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.

Before you submit your work, review the scoring guide to make sure you have met all the criteria. When your work is complete, submit your paper and the genogram to your instructor in the assignment area.

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click on the linked resources for helpful writing information.