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Eco-Map Procedure Start with each member of the family making a list of all the
Eco-Map Procedure Start with each member of the family making a list of all the places where they engage in important activities or relationships. This can be done as a family activity, with members contributing to the list of other members. The goal is to make as complete a set of lists as possible. Then, for each setting, briefly describe the activities and the people who commonly participate in the setting. Does the setting include more than one family member? If so, it should appear on more than one list; the lists overlap if family members participate in the same setting (whether they participate at the same time is a different question). Prompt the family to consider settings that involve work, recreation, religion, school, extended family, friends, entertainment, medical care, social services, etc. On a large sheet of paper (you will transfer this to a smaller version later), begin a draft map. The map is a diagram of the settings, not a geographical representation; it need not be to scale, nor do settings have to be placed in their actual compass direction from the family's home. Place the home in the center, and draw circles for other settings. If possible, make a circle for every unique setting on every person's list. Label the setting, and list the family members who participate in each. It may be useful to use a different color for each family member. Connect each setting to the home by a line that represents the person(s) who go to that setting. Next, consider the people who come to the home. Identify the people who come into the home occasionally or more. What settings do they come from? Some settings may be connected in both directions, while others are connected only in one direction, either family members go to those settings or people come from those settings, but family members don't go there. Add those settings to the ecomap, and draw lines to the home and label them with the names or roles of the people to come to the home. Have there been any recent changes in family structures or roles? Note these changes. How does the family describe the quality or emotional nature of the connection to each setting? Use a heavy line to indicate an important setting, a thin line a less important one (the thicker the line, the strong or more positive relationship or resource). A zig-zag line could represent a stressful connection. An important but cut-off setting could be connected by a bisected line. After you have each important setting connected to home and have indicated the specific people who go into that setting and the type of relationship it has to the family, then ask about connections among the settings. Are there people, perhaps friends or extended family members who participate in more than one setting? If so, draw connections between those settings to indicate the existence of relationships between them (these are often called "trans-contextual" dyads, meaning the relationships transit or cross contexts). How richly connected is the family's network of settings? Try to represent the nature of the relationships among the settings as you did the connection of each setting to the family home. Are there conflicts between settings, inconsistent expectations or roles, or do some support activities in others? How do these connections affect the family? Do conflicts between settings affect relationships or activities within the home? Have there been recent changes in settings and/or connections? Review the map to be sure you have all the settings and who participates in them, and especially all the connections between settings that are created by non-family members. Transfer your ecomap to a 1-page Paper Procedure 4-5 pages, not including ecomap, cover page, or reference page After the ecomapping process has been completed, write a 4-5 page paper explaining the ecosystem drawing and the process that led to it. How did your family approach the task? Please explain the process and experience, citing examples. Are there any unusual settings, or are usual settings missing for this family? Is extended family represented? Do family members share many settings or few? Do they move through the ecosystem as a unit, or are their mesosystems distinct? Do the settings support and enrich their lives, or do they create conflict or stress? How have family roles and structures changed over time? Do the settings support and enrich these changes, or do they create more conflict? Please discuss what you have learned about your family's ecosystem in this assignment? How might this information help you personally? Discuss why it's important for human service practitioners to understand their own ecosystem? Discuss what you have learned about family and community systems, roles, and structures as a result of this assignment. Finally, discuss how an ecomap is useful in our work with clients in human services? When might you use an ecomap? What modifications would you make to meet the needs of clients? Provide any concluding thoughts on the assignment. What was your essential learning? What do you have questions about? Support your paper with specific citations from the learning tools and text.

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