Easily make a visual representation of the social and environmental factors that may be affecting a person’s life. Our free ecomap maker helps you establish connections and dynamics that family, society, and community contribute to an individual using visual elements from our rich media library. Invite your team and create an ecomap online using free templates and various collaboration tools and features on Canva Whiteboards.
Infinite space made for unlimited ideas
Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow
Share and ideate with anyone, anytime, on any device
Run a workshop with whiteboard elements, sticky notes, and a timer
Embed your ecomap in Docs, presentations, and more easily
Easy online whiteboard tools and data visualization
An ecomap is a graphical representation of the personal and social relationships between an individual or family and their environment. However, this chart goes beyond merely identifying biological relationships — it also takes external connections (and the quality of said connections) such as friendships, clubs, or institutions into consideration.
Often used by counselors, social workers, and nurses, ecomaps can help assess an individual’s family dynamics and community connections. They reveal which relationships may benefit from support and which bonds appear solid.
Additionally, they’re used to identify stressors or causes of anxiety and depression. With ecomaps, you can better navigate a person’s relationships and construct an effective plan for intervention or treatment.
Your client’s relationships may be complicated, but mapping them out doesn’t have to be. Canva Whiteboards has a collection of ecomap templates that are free to use and customize. Choose a design example to get started quickly. With Canva, you can skip the learning curve and focus on what really matters: getting valuable insights and information into a person’s existing relationships.
When creating an ecomap diagram, use various symbols, shapes, and lines to show interconnections and relationship dynamics. Add them to your whiteboard by going to the Elements tab. Click on Shapes or Lines and choose a design that works best for your needs. Shape Assist lets you modify your shapes, lines, and arrows to establish how strong or weak a relationship is in your ecomaps.
Professional-looking ecomaps don’t have to be boring. Spruce up your design with fun elements to make it more engaging. From Canva’s curated media library, you can add graphics, images, icons, and more to your ecomap. Play around with fonts and color palettes to find the perfect combination that matches your client’s personality. Use Text to Image(opens in a new tab or window) or Draw(opens in a new tab or window) to get your vision across.
Creating an ecomap requires a collaborative effort. Share access to your whiteboard with your team and watch them make edits in real time. Brainstorm ideas on sticky notes(opens in a new tab or window) or ask for input and resources by tagging team members in comments. And with your whiteboard’s infinite canvas, you and your team will never run out of space to work on and refine your ecomap.