Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

McGoldrick, Monica

  • Nydia Garcia PretoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_682


Monica McGoldrick, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D. (Honorary) (1943–)


Monica McGoldrick, founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, is known in the family therapy field for her writing, teaching, and videos on issues of culture, genograms, gender, couples, remarried families, loss, and the family life cycle. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she grew up on a farm in Solebury, Pennsylvania. A fourth generation Irish American, she became interested in the role of culture and ethnicity on family patterns. She majored in Russian Studies at Brown, writing a thesis on the role of children in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, especially regarding a common theme in his works of a child regenerating love in an adult who had become hardened or insensitive. He worried that children’s problems resulted from the disintegrating family that was created by the bad state of the Russian government. McGoldrick has always viewed her interest in Dostoevsky as a good...

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  1. McGoldrick, M. (2011). The genogram journey: Reconnecting with your family (2nd edition of You Can Go Home Again). New York: W. W. Norton & Co.Google Scholar
  2. McGoldrick, M. (2016). The genogram casebook: A clinical companion to genograms: Assessment and intervention. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.Google Scholar
  3. McGoldrick, M., & Hardy, K. V. (2018). Re-visioning family therapy: Addressing diversity in clinical practice and training (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
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  8. McGoldrick, M., Garcia Preto, N., & Carter, B. (2016). The expanding family life cycle: Individual, family and social perspectives. Boston: Pearson.Google Scholar
  9. Walsh, F., & McGoldrick, M. (2004). Living beyond loss: Death and the family. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.Google Scholar


  1. McGoldrick, M. (1995). The legacy of loss: A family systems approach. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  2. McGoldrick, M. (2012). Harnessing the power of genograms. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  3. McGoldrick, M. (2017a). Assessment and engagement in family therapy with Monica McGoldrick. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  4. McGoldrick, M. (2017b). Emancipating history: A family’s racial legacy: A genogram journey of Elaine Pinderhughes. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  5. McGoldrick, M. (2017c). Family play genograms. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  6. McGoldrick, M. (2018a). Triangles and family therapy: Strategies and solutions. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.
  7. McGoldrick, M. (2018b). Facing unmourned loss and trauma: Building resilience: Clinical insights drawn from the life of Dr. Norman Paul. Video available from www.psychotherapy.net.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Multicultural Family InstituteHighland ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA