Phase 1


Understanding the Sociogram

An ecomap (or, in this case, a community sociogram), is a structural diagram of important relationships with or between people, groups, and organizations. Social workers use the sociogram to show the coalition of resources that seem likely to affect clients’ efforts to meet goals. Below is a sociogram for the town of Riverton. The interaction matrix is a textual description of these data.

Riverton Sociogram

Create your own ecomap

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Ecomap Key

An ecomap depicts sources of conflict and support for the client, represented by shapes connected by different types of lines.

  • fundamental, positive connection
  • stronger connection
  • neutral connection
  • indicated stress or conflict
  • the direction or flow of resources, energy or interest