AFS Module 2 – Genograms

The purpose of the genogram module is to provide the necessary information to equip every student to use genograms for counseling and research. An analytical process is taught, enabling the student to read and interpret important information.

In a person’s life, there is no more significant shaping influence than the family that raised them. Family influence builds patterns of behavior, even when they are hidden. This influence appears from generation to generation and can often be neglected. Creating a genogram helps an individual understand other family members, and most importantly, themselves.

A genogram is similar to a family tree or a genealogy chart. The most significant difference is that a genogram includes not just demographic information about family members, but also information that helps understand relationships, critical events in the family history, and major life-cycle transitions. The genogram can show how family members’ relationships and values are created through their interaction with others. Every single person will have a genogram that is unique since their values and experience with others will differ. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of genogram construction.

AFS Module 3 – Family of Origin

This module refreshes and deepens the student in their understanding of the Bowen Family Systems-Family of Origin’s eight concepts and a basic understanding of the Genogram. The interrelationship of the concepts of these two models as applied to the dynamics of family life can be demonstrated with a 3-generational Genogram on the family of King David (Solomon, David, Children) from the Old Testament.

The student must use critical thinking for integration of the Bowen Model and the Genogram model. This integration requires that the student understands the interrelationship of the eight concepts. Students will learn to apply a systems approach to analysing families, and use this to highlight areas that block as well as possible solutions for growth and development.

To start this module go to the first lesson.

AFS Module 10 – Capstone Project

A Capstone project is a way to sum up skills and competencies the student has gained during the AFS. This kind of paper may be presented in various forms: case studies, research papers, surveys, outcome-based evaluation, focus groups, and more.  You will need to pick a capstone project idea related to the AFS and write a paper. Typically, a Capstone project will be connected with your future specialization (so it also relates to your personal growth plan) and requires strong skills in teamwork, public speaking, and critical and analytical thinking. 

AFS Module 1 – Introduction & Literature review

In this first module of the Online Advanced Family Studies you will be introduced to the course and start your first assignments. By the end of this module (May 2021) you will have:

  • An understanding of how the Online Advanced Family Studies works, how you’ll submit your work, how you’ll engage with the teaching, assignments and group work.
  • Completed a current literature review: A critical look at current literature. Understand current writings, identify gaps in the knowledge of the subject in literature.
  • Created a personal growth plan, helping you get most out of this online study through auto-evaluation on your personal journey in ministering more effectively to families.

This module consists of self study through watching video content, completing the corresponding assignments and studying literature. Additionally this module will have group video calls to get to know one another, to introduce the course and its practical workings and answer questions you might have about this.