The Eco-Map Project (see Baumgartner & Buchanan, 2010) is a graphic child study project.
I have HUGE stereo-types": Using eco-maps to understand children and families.
The client or family system is depicted in the center of a piece of paper, in keeping with traditional eco-map construction.
It was also seen as being client centered in the sense that clients could easily be incorporated into the process of constructing a spiritual eco-map.
The process of constructing a spiritual eco-map implicitly underscores all spiritual systems, including those that Native clients may be prohibited from discussing with outsiders.
In order to minimise the environmental impact of the work on wildlife, an eco-map
has also been created, dividing the area into 'eco-zones'.
Developing an eco-map requires specific steps: 1) identifying informal family supports, 2) identifying strengths and relationships, and 3) identifying formal family supports.
Because early intervention is family-centered, the eco-map would be particularly helpful in examining and establishing needed services for young children with special needs.
The five comprehensive instruments consist of one completely verbal approach--spiritual histories (Hodge, 2001a)--and four pen-and-paper, diagrammatic approaches--spiritual lifemaps (Hodge, 2005d), spiritual genograms (Hodge, 2001b), spiritual eco-maps (Hodge & Williams, 2002), and spiritual ecograms (Hodge, 2005c).
Spiritual eco-maps focus on clients' current spiritual relationships.
2) Chart a green course: New eco-maps
chart the natural and cultural environment to suggest low-impact activities and resources wherever you travel.
Use of genograms and eco-maps
are also suggested as means of establishing or strengthening the counselor-client (and counselor-family) alliance during the rehabilitation process (Marshall et al.