Coming to grips with Bowen Family System Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

Our mission is:

  • To teach and apply family systems theory as developed by Dr Murray Bowen and consolidated by ongoing scholarship and research.
  • To assist people to be researchers of themselves in their relationships as well as:
  • To provide a forum where professionals can collaborate, grapple and develop systems thinking.

FSI Core Programs

Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy

Our AAFT accredited training program is ideal for already practicing clinicians from various disciplines – including social work, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy and nursing – wanting to gain theory and practice experience in working with couples and families.

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Certificate in Family Systems Theory & Application

This program offers a unique learning opportunity for those wanting to think about the theory and application of family systems theory in a wide range of relational contexts, not just clinical – for example, HR, ministry, business leadership, coaching, education, non-government agencies, family support, disability, drugs and alcohol and mental health.

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Systems in Ministry

Our Systems in Ministry programs offer a range of opportunities – including ministry modules, supervision groups, and ministry symposiums – for those in ministry, lay leadership, pastoral care, chaplaincy, and other ministry settings to consider the application of systems theory to relationship dilemmas in their own context.

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What is Bowen Theory?

Bowen family systems theory was developed by psychiatrist and researcher Dr Murray Bowen (1913–90). It is a theory backed up by a growing body of empirical research.

In recent years Bowen’s concept of ‘differentiation of self’ — which describes differing levels of maturity in relationships — has been shown by researchers to be related to important areas of well-being, including marital satisfaction, and the capacity to handle stress, make decisions and manage social anxiety.

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The Family Systems Institute offers a range of events and workshops during the year which promote personal and professional development in the thinking and application of Bowen family systems theory.

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