This article posted with permission. Definitive version published in v.28 (2) 2009: 15-19; International Journal of Reality Therapy. Copyright held by the International Journal of Reality Therapy.


The purpose of this article is to address how a genogram can be incorporated in Reality Therapy based family counseling. We will review the core tenets of Reality Therapy, the general therapeutic use of genograms, while introducing the Basic Needs Genogram. Secondly, we will provide a case example to illustrate the use of the Basic Needs Genogram to a family. Finally, we will offer our final thoughts about the therapeutic implications of this intervention tool.


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