This innovative ecomap for parents is designed to assess their support levels and visually demonstrate their connections with individuals and situations. The ecomap has informal supports, like family, friends, neighbors, etc., at the top, followed by intermediate support level of work and church. The bottom of the map is home to formal supports, like doctors, therapists, financial assistance, and more.
Many different types of lines and symbols, like wide lines, medium lines, single lines, broken lines, and arrows, can be used for displaying the quality of connection with the individual or situation. The visual representation helps counselors effectively analyze the current situation of a parent and what steps can be taken to improve the quality of their life.