A genogram is a systemic version of a family tree. The handy symbols and organization of genograms enable one to identify and understand family history. [more…]


Institute faculty have published many of the classic books in our field on culture and family therapy. They can all be purchased from our website. [more…]

Life Stories

The genogram stories available on our website reveal the lives & secrets of various famous people, from Freud & Erikson to Virginia Satir, from Obama & Clinton to Steve Jobs. [more…]


We offer a teaching video of Elaine Pinderhughes on the impact of racism & slavery on her African American family & a classic VHS tape of Monica McGoldrick. [more…]

Composing a life involves a continual reimagining of the future and reinterpretation of the past to give meaning to the present… Storytelling is fundamental to the human search for meaning. Each (of us) is involved in inventing a new kind of story.
—Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life.