A genogram, often known as a family tree, is a helpful tool for gathering information about a young person's family. This graphic representation of a family might assist you in identifying patterns or themes among families that may be affecting or driving the young person's current behavior. Most young people like the opportunity to discuss their family history, and it may be a useful tool for building trust and rapport in a working relationship. However, be aware that some young people may find seeing a visual representation of the state of their relationships upsetting, especially if the majority of their current relationships are conflictual or distant. Use this tool with caution and only when you believe it will be of assistance.