Community Genograms: Using Individual, Family, and Cultural Narratives with Clients


reviewed by Jeanne M. Slattery 2006

coverTitle: Community Genograms: Using Individual, Family, and Cultural Narratives with Clients
Author(s): Sandra A. Rigazio-DiGilio, Allen E. Ivey, Kara P. Kunkler-Peck, and Lois T. Grady
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807745537, Pages: 158, Year: 2005
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I am a huge fan of books written by Allen Ivey and his colleagues. They describe counseling in a straightforward, contextually-based, respectful manner. Their frameworks provide a strong, overarching view of counseling, their abstract viewpoint balanced by concrete examples demonstrating the significant empathy and thoughtful listening characteristic of this group. I was not disappointed. Rigazio-DiGilio, Ivey, Kunkler-Peck, and Grady’s book, Community Genograms: Using Individual, Family, and Cultural Narratives with Clients, describes the star diagram, a form of community genogram. My clients, students, and I have found its ancestors interesting and thought-provoking. Like their other books, this was respectful, creative, and demonstrates a significant empathy and a clear understanding of culture and oppression. Unlike versions I have seen earlier, the star diagram both shows social supports, as well as major influences on the client’s life.   Rigazio-DiGilio and her colleagues clearly argue that the community genogram can be an important assessment tool, as client... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 12-14
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12014, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 9:00:01 PM

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