Theme: Family & Relationships

Future Families and Families Of Choice

by Brent Satterly

This lesson focuses on the experience of Black Men who have Sex with Men (BMSM) and the role that Families of Choice play in their own health and wellness. This includes considering developing Future Families. Participants will examine the role constructed Families of Choice play in health and wellness as well as consider positive attributes  they wish to replicate in their Future Family.

Though not required, this lesson is best utilized in conjunction with the lesson “Families of Origin: Constructing a Genogram.”


By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an eco-map of their Family of Choice.
  • Verbally describe at least two positive dynamics of their Family of Choice presented in their eco-map, specifically in relation to themselves.
  • Verbally describe at least two positive attributes that they wish to replicate in their Future Families.

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Group Size

This lesson can be conducted with both small (5 or more) and large (10 or more) groups with reasonable ease. In addition, while there can be more than one person facilitating the lesson, one person should be able to facilitate it effectively as well.


100 minutes


Name tags
A red, a yellow, and a green ball of yarn
Flip chart paper
Writing utensils
Computer and projector
Printed handouts