Restorying through genealogy a Black British family

The workshop will discuss the restorying principles behind genograms, particular in the Black British context where slavery, oppression and being part of the diaspora, has frequently resulted in natal alienation, fragmentation, splitting, disconnection and not knowing.

Date: Sat 31st July 2021

Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Online via Zoom


A photo from Jill Morgan’s family archives

This is a Closed Practitioner Event


Genograms are a primary tool of Systemic Psychotherapy and Family Therapy. Drawing upon family origins, it is used by therapists to explore stories and patterning of intergenerational culture, attitudes, and beliefs.  

Genograms can support discussion of how we position ourselves and feel positioned by our family/caregiver origins, and to consider how in turn this might influence our thinking, behaviours, and personal/professional relationships.

The workshop will discuss the restorying principles behind genograms, particular in the Black British context where slavery, oppression and being part of the diaspora, has frequently resulted in natal alienation, fragmentation, splitting, disconnection and not knowing. 

The workshop aims to provide an opportunity to:

  • Develop one’s own genogram, drawing ideally upon 3 generations of family/caregiver origins.
  • Look at various models of genograms including gender (Kinfolk, 2019), culture (Hardy & Laszloffy, 1995) and genograms with an attitude (Halevy, 1998).
  • Explore family stories and psychological patterns and consider their organising nature.
  • Reflect on our sociocultural identities and biases, and how these might influence our work as clinicians.


  • This workshop will be recorded. 
    • The workshop will form part of a professional, therapeutic teaching component of the MA in Systemic Psychotherapy being completed by the facilitator, Jill Morgan at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. 
    • The recording will be used by Jill to explore her learning of Systemic learning theory and its application.
    • The Zoom recording will take place in the main room where Jill as host will be present.  Recording will not take place in the breakout rooms. 
    • Participants are reminded to only bring items for discussion into the main room, that they feel comfortable being recorded. The recording will be held securely on an encrypting device.  The file will be destroyed on completion of the module.
  • When attending, and where possible, please bring information to support yourself in developing your own genogram, depicting the relationships between 3 generations of your family/caregivers/significant others.

Date: Sat 31st Jul 2021

Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: Organisations £40, Individuals £35, BAATN Members £20, Non-Members £25, BAATN Student member £15



Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan is an accredited Humanistic Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Systemic Practitioner and Trainer. Prior to becoming a clinician, Jill academically specialised in post-colonial studies; developing a particular interest in hybridity, migration and diaspora. Themes of insider-outsider, working with(in) the interstice and supporting those that skirt the margins of society, continue to be common elements to her work.
Currently, Jill works with a small caseload of clients affected by journeys of refuge, asylum and trafficking; and in private practice in Birmingham, supporting clients with a diverse range of stories.  Jill finds supporting clients affected by anxiety and trauma to develop second-order change: where they begin to relate to their symptoms differently – reflexive, not immersed – is an area of work that Jill finds rewarding.

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