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Drugs and alcohol have been used by human beings for millennia. Today, the ‘drug war’ receives near constant media attention even though most modern drugs were discovered and consumed many millennia ago. The prevalent view of addiction these days is that it is a disease which is genetically transmitted residing within the afflicted individual (the […]

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July 31, 2017 Blog 0 comments

Like many, I have spent time pondering and discussing Donald Trumps unexpected success in American politics. While my knowledge of American culture, economics and politics is limited, I became interested in exploring America’s current political and cultural climate in the context of Bowen theory and the 2016 presidential election that led to Donald Trump becoming […]

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Our graduates had a lot to say about the Family Systems Conference and how it has impacted their thinking! So take a listen to their insightful reflection and see if what they had to say matched with your thoughts! What if I couldn’t make it to the conference?  Couldn’t make it to the conference? Listen […]

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April 3, 2017 2017 Conference 0 comments

Register for our June conference and hear more from Jenny Brown (and other speakers). Jenny will present on: Parents’ recovery of self during their adolescent’s mental health treatment.

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March 31, 2017 2017 Conference 0 comments

Teaching clients about triangles during psychotherapy is a key component of clinical practice. 

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March 24, 2017 2017 Conference 0 comments

This excerpt is from Dr Michael Kerr’s 2007 presentation at the FSI conference. It is titled “How is it That Siblings Often Turn out Very Differently?” Register for our conference to hear more from Dr Kerr about the self as part of the family system.   

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March 23, 2017 2017 Conference 0 comments

This excerpt is from Dr Michael Kerr’s presentation on sibling variation at at our 2007 FSI Conference. These sections introduce the notion of human sensitivities in relationship. Dr Kerr will be presenting further on these ideas at our 2017 Conference June 15 & 16 on the Self- How Much Autonomy is Possible? The full presentation can be […]

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March 22, 2017 Symposium 0 comments

Ms Martina Palombi (family systems psychotherapist): Separations – An Application of Bowen Theory to Family of Origin Research. Presented at our 2017 New Year Symposium 2017. For Martina’s full article see our resources section: http://www.thefsi.com.au/resources/articles-papers/  

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March 21, 2017 Uncategorized 0 comments

See below for an excerpt from Dr Annemaree Bickerton’s [Child and Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist,  FSI Director and Faculty Member]  presentation on from our 2017 New Year Symposium – Contagious with Calm, Clarity, Connection and Safety: Some Useful Frameworks for Shared thinking when Reactivity is High.  

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March 8, 2017 Uncategorized 0 comments

See below for an excerpt from Dr Jane De Matteis [Clinical Psychologist & Member of the FSI Certificate program]  presentation on from our 2017 New Year Symposium: The Societal-Emotional Process – A Perspective on America’s Current Political and Cultural Climate in the context of Murray Bowen’s Concept of Societal Emotional Process.  

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V Harrison

This Q & A discussion at the end of 2 days of the FSI conference drew from Victoria Harrison’s presentation on her research: the Observations of Change project. This project aims: To investigate changes that can be observed in physiology and in functioning for an individual and his or her family that accompany working on […]

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Couples in Conflict = Clarifying the distinction between violence and frequent conflict *This is a version of a blog published by Jenny Brown on her site: www.jennybrown.info I’m sitting down to write about couple conflict.  With so much important publicity recently about the serious end of the spectrum of domestic violence I’ve thought it useful […]

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Podcast 8 explores the end of Bowen’s life and how he managed the final years of his professional life. MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine […]

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Podcast 7 explores Bowen training initiatives with the Georgetown Family Centre. Photo credit: Andrea Schara MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine (and is now open to […]

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This podcast looks at Bowen’s move to Georgetown University School of Medicine – plus his multiple family research project. MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine […]

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The fifth podcast in our series looks at Bowen and his Research in his Family of Origin: Explores Bowen’s research with his own family and his ‘anonymous paper’ based on his 1968 conference presentation of his many years of effort to observe emotional process in his family of origin and to differentiate himself from his […]

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August 20, 2015 Murray Bowen Systems 0 comments
NIMH BOwen

The fourth podcast in our series looks at Bowen’s NIMH research project: Bowen left Menninger’s in 1954 and began a historic family research program at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. This program, called the Family Study Program, involved hospitalizing entire families on a specialized research ward. An excellent resource on […]

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August 6, 2015 Murray Bowen 0 comments
Menningers

Podcast 3 looks at Bowen’s psychoanalytic training and work at Menninger’s. Dan Papero explores how his time at Menninger’s has had an influence on the development of Bowen theory. (Jenny Brown in conversation with Dan Papero) Photo: Dr Karl Menninger outside the Topeka Kansas clinic. MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented […]

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This podcast explores Bowen’s World 2 experiences and his early psychiatry training. MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine (and is now open to researchers) and in […]

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Refection’s from FSI 2015 conference on addictions. By Susan Hamilton. I know now, as an individual and as a clinician, that one of the great strengths of Bowen theory is to take such survival-driven adaptations out of individual pathology and make of them something more scientific, more objective, more INTERESTING, more plastic. Fifty percent of […]

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As our conference on addictions and the family system approaches it is timely for each of us to ask: What patterns in our family, can contribute to misuse of tranquilising substances (or behaviours & activities)? Many families can look back over the generations and see that there have been people who have been over reliant on […]

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