Genograms are a popular and universally applied technique for assessment with individuals, couples or families. The interpersonal relationships that make up family life are a complex web between many individuals spanning several generations at one time. This web is further complicated by the influence of other factors such as culture and gender. It can be a daunting task for a social worker to unravel this tangle and understand the specific dynamics and individual development within the family.
Focused Genogram: SWI will complete a focused genogram on a client that they are working with in their field practicum. A focused genogram traces a particular issue or concern in an individual’s life through generations to identify patterns of negative or positive behaviors that affect their lives. You will need to trace at least three generations to receive full points on this assignment. You must use (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for this assignment. If you have a Macintosh computer, genopro will not work and you may use SmartDraw software (which is free) or you may create one in Microsoft Word, but you must make sure that you identify the One issue of concern and how it is represented across three generations of the client and family in the focused genogram in order to receive full points. The genopro software is free for 15 days on the website that allows you to create a genogram in a professional template. You must also include a legend and title of the genogram. You must copy and paste the focused genogram, legend and title into a Microsoft Word document.

Along with the focused genogram, you must write a 3-page paper using the following headings:

1. Issue of concern: explaining what specific issue you are focusing on, and how you have identified generational patterns.
2. Patterns of Behavior: What do these patterns of behavior identify about this client/family? How are these patterns of behavior impacting the client? How are they impacting the family? Why do we as professional, need to know about intergenerational patterns?
3. Use of Focused Genogram as an assessment tool: How was it helpful in this client case that you used? Include how you feel this might be a helpful tool for use in professional practice with the client of choice.

The issue of concern that I would like you to use is alcoholism.

I have uploaded another file that has an example of a genogram. In this example there are a few generations where both alcoholism and depression are present in this family. These patterns of behavior have been passed down through the generations.

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Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



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Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.