Miller and Rachelle O. Miller, Ph.D.
2706 Randolph Road
Spring, Maryland 20902 USA
Genogram, Ecomap. Assessment, Family Therapy, Community, Culture
With the assistance of software that automatically generates genograms (family process diagrams) and ecomaps (community process diagrams) that travel in time, the presentation will systemically illustrate family, social, and global cultural progress from 1901 to 2001, from the perspective of children Lieserl, Hans Albert, Eduard and famous parents, Albert and Mileva Maric Einstein, and compare with young parents, and their children being born and conceived now, in 2001. Implications of family/community systems theory modeled by family/community systemic software, and the insights thereby enabled for human and clinical services, will be discussed.
This presentation demonstrates the use of computer-generated genograms (intergenerational family life process diagrams) and ecomaps (community life process diagrams) that travel in time to illustrate family, community and cultural relational process, using the famous example, most fitting at this time in 2001. The name "Lieserl" means 'gift of God'; the mysterious Lieserl Maric Einstein was conceived in 1901 and born about 100 years ago, via the love of the man Time Magazine called "The Man of the Twentieth Century" Albert, and his wife Mileva Maric Einstein. The historical loss and later "rediscovery" of Lieserl can be seen as the "ultimate" case study to demonstrate change in world culture, including our concepts of human services and therapy.
For example, Lieserl was born out of wedlock while her parents were young students, and may have been adopted in such a way that she lost knowledge of her biological family, and/or they of her. Her brother, Eduard, suffered from emotional disturbance and hospitalization with little talking therapy, and no family therapy. Their brother Hans, and the brilliant parents Albert and Mileva suffered painful estrangements, intermittent cut offs, a tragic divorce around World War I, and Einstein having to flee from totalitarianism to escape with his life. If these individuals had been a young family in 2001 instead of 1901, could all their life system/alternative timelines have been assisted to be less fraught with pain and yet fully retain all the genius and social conscience, perhaps even more fully empowered, to the benefit of all world culture and peace? By presenting computer generated genograms, ecomaps, chronologies and timelines for the real 1901 Einsteins and a hypothetical 2001 "Einstein-Maric" family, the presentation will help participants exercise their own relativity thinking and systemic/relational hypothesis testing and prediction about relationships, families and their interrelated communities, cultures, and even world peace.
The presentation will be of primary interest to clinical social work educators, family therapists, adoption and family reunification specialists, agency information technologists, social workers and policy makers with interest in family policy, including parental leave laws, and creative and peace culture. It will have special interest for attendees with interest in science/science fiction, history and societal impact of gender discrimination, men and women as collaborators in the sciences, and education/empowerment and creativity for men and women, and boys and girls.
The presentation relies on genogram and ecomap software that allow the user to input a variety of family data, generate the diagrams automatically, and interactively travel back (and forwards, using hypothetized input) in calendar as well as event and process/relationship time with a family/community, and its culture. Genograms, ecomaps, chronologies and timelines will be shown on screen and handouts, with a brief narrative. The presentation is designed to also work as a virtual presentation, and if facilities are available, conference attendees questions can be incorporated in a live chat with interested others around the world.