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

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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Lily Mailler “Symptomatic individuals play a functional role on behalf of the equilibrium of the family unit; in other words the symptom serves to regulate the instinctual forces of emotional distance and closeness in the family.” “In contrast to an individual psychology approach like CBT, the focus in therapy is less on changing or fixing […]

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 by Jenny Brown “focuses on what happened, and on how and when and where it happened “ in order to see the bigger picture In October 2014 Mark Driscoll, a prominent US pastor of a mega church resigned. Unlike many examples of clergy falling from grace this was not prompted by exposure of a criminal or […]

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Lily Mailler –  The media had a field day when Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of well-known Labor politician and ex NSW premier Neville Wran (deceased), was implicated last year in the murder of a man inside a Redfern housing commission flat. In many of the newspaper articles I read it was clear that this young […]

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