See a Genogram for Play Therapy Class

by Play Therapy Student

See a Play Therapy Genogram

See a Play Therapy Genogram

Last semester I took the Family Systems class where we were tasked to complete a genogram. What a daunting task! Creating the diagram, showing the connections, etc was a challenge. I couldn’t imagine doing that with a real client. I enjoyed doing the play therapy genogram with miniatures because the miniature tells a story.

It’s easy for a child as well as an adult to tell their story of their family of origin by choosing a miniature that best represents for them. Also it illustrates the connections and relationships.

Because my dad had multiple wives, I chose a jack to symbolize a rolling stone. Remember the song, “Papa was a rolling stone...??” For my mom, I chose a lighthouse as man tend to look to her for advice and guidance. I am the big miniature in the picture wearing the cute hat and boots, two of my favorite accessories. I have two older sisters, I represented the oldest with the frog wearing a crown as she believes she is truly royalty and better than the rest of the other siblings.

For my other sister, I chose the butterfly as she is always saying she is about to make a change for the better. I have three brothers. For the oldest, I chose the fish as he always was one to go with the flow. For my middle brother, I chose the whale as he is a very gentle spirit. For my third brother, I chose a frog as he is always moving from one place to the next.

Selecting the play therapy miniature was fun. It would be interesting to see the perspective of my siblings and mom. I am positive they would not agree with my interpretation. However, that is what I love about this activity. It allows the play therapist to see the family dynamics through the eyes of the client in a very simple, illuminating way.

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