July 23 – Discovering your Roots through the Genogram – Gord Riddell RP
A genogram is a picture of a person’s family relationships and history. It goes beyond a traditional family tree allowing the creators to visualize patterns and psychological factors that affect relationships. A genogram is a much more in-depth picture of our family of origin. We can look to see patterns that can be affecting us today, it can also answer questions whose answer seemed so elusive. We can track emigration, education, marriages, births, genders, deaths, diseases patterns, and family rifts. When we stand back we can see that we are not alone in this journey but come from a group whose traits and patterns explain where we came from and how we got here.
This is a 2-day workshop. Day 1 is held July 23rd and will introduce you to genograms and how we construct them. Part of the day will be spent laying down the parts of your family and the many relationships that exist in your familial group. Then over the next month you will get as much information as is possible and enter it into your genogram. Day 2 will be held August 27th
On Day 2, after spending the last month in preparing your genogram, you will be asked to bring all your work to the workshop. will have a chance to answer any last-minute questions and have the instructor have a look at them to make sure it is set up in accordance to the rules of the genogram. Then you will be asked to present your genogram and you will have the chance to process any troubling areas as well as share with the participants what you have discovered about your family and what you may have discovered about yourself.
NOTE: Confidentiality is an important part of creating a safe space to do this kind of work. It is expected of participants and instructors.
Although you have done this workshop to perhaps access answers to your own questions, you are creating a family heirloom that future members of your family will be able to look at and see who their ancestors are!