Introduction and Alignment

This activity will allow you to complete a family systems assessment.

Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge to conduct a comprehensive family assessment and genogram


  1. View the movie “Family Stone”. It is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Redbox for you to rent.
  2. Review the Bowen Theory Family Therapy Paper rubric and complete a 6-8 page paper (excluding title page, references, and genogram pages) covering the topics on the rubric.
  3. APA will be assessed and references may or may not be needed. You do not need to reference the movie since all of you will be watching the same movie.
  4. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor using the Dropbox by the end of the workshop

Assessment Criteria

Assessed Item


Address concepts as it relates to the family

  • Triangles
  • Differentiation of self
  • Nuclear family emotional system
  • Family projection process
  • Multigenerational transmission process
  • Emotional cutoff
  • Sibling position
  • Societal emotional process 


Treatment plan using Bowenian model

  • examples of techniques and treatment strategies as they apply to the family


Discusses cultural aspects/implications for this family from Bowenian perspective


Completed Genogram of family mapping the following:

  • family member
  • ages births, deaths
  • relationships
  • marriages
  • power distribution
  • family boundaries
  • member roles
  • decision making processes
  • relationship connections
  • intergenerational patterns
  • subgroups
  • occupational and educational status
  • marital functioning
  • parent-child relationships
  • socio-economic status
  • religious background and its significance to family life
  • health problems
  • mental health problems
  • attitudes about gender and sexuality
  • communication styles


Total Points