Multicultural Genogram
Your history of relationships with people of diversity will be explored in this assignment to create a greater self-awareness. The Multicultural Genogram is an important diagnostic tool in examining historical interactions across generations related to diversity. It is a graphic representation of the multigenerational family diversity tree. When used effectively, it can reveal covert multicultural attitudes, experiences, etc., or can help you examine overt experiences of diversity in relation to your own present day attitudes. The visualization of the family diversity tree can help you identify recurring themes and behaviors that flow from one generation to the next.

Tools and information for Completion of the Multicultural Genogram.
    1. Write out the first names of all family members for at least two or three generations. Include gender and approximate age.
2. Fill in the ethnic/racial/religion/language/affectional affiliation/disability of any relationships in your family tree. Also include inter ethnic/racial, etc. relationships.
    1. Identify for each generation any interpersonal relationships that are diverse from the family and the level of interaction with these relationships. Example, close friends, as family members, distant friends, only at work relationships, etc.
    2. Identify any teachings, thoughts, rules, or vivid experiences, feelings and stories along with perceptions of diversity that have been passed on from generation to generation about any group that was diverse from the family.
    3. Make notations regarding occupations, demographics of residential areas, and any significant changes in life course throughout each generation that created changes in beliefs or interactions with persons diverse from the family throughout each generation.

This paper is to be written in four sections and should be 8-10 pages:
Section 1:
Includes the values, customs, etc of the group of diversity that best identifies you. For some of you, this will include more than one diverse group and for others it may only include the group you most identify in relation to yourself or family. Such information about the groups of diversity are available in the library. Be thorough in your description of the factors that describe your chosen group. Also include any ethnic/racial perceptions/stereotypes your chosen group may have about other groups.
Section 2:
Includes a thorough description of your Multicutural Genogram in a story format. This section can include any options, interpretations and attitudes along with perceptions that you may have discovered about each generation. This section should also include any issues related to diversity that have been passed on from generation to generation (positive or negative).

Section 3:
Include a comparison of section 1 to section 2 to evaluate whether or not any of the factors that describe the ethnic group you have chosen are apparent throughout the generations. If not, what values have your generations kept for themselves. Example: group versus individualism, time orientation versus being, etc.

Section 4:
Includes a discussion of what your personal beliefs include and how they compare to the othe three sections of the paper. In this section you are also to include any changes you have made in interacting with relationships of diversity. In addition, you are to include any areas in need of remediation for professional practice and any areas of limitations when working with people of diversity.

Reference source:

Hardy, K. V., & Laszloffy, T. A. (1995). The cultural genogram: Key to training culturally competent family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 21 (3), 227 – 237.

Estrada, A. U., & Haney, P. (1998). Geograms in a multicultural perspective. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 9 (2), 55-62.

Thomas, A. J. (1998). Understanding culture and worldview in family systems: Use of the multicultural genogram. The Family Journal, 6 (1), 24 – 32.

TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTING A GENOGRAM