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

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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Since starting the Certificate Program at the Family Systems Institute, I have struggled to understand my own primary triangle- that is the triangle of relationships between me, my mother and my father, because such a critical person in this puzzle, my mother, had died when I was only six years old. The first, and probably […]

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Jenny Brown with quotes from Dan Papero PhD. Over the holiday break our offices at the FSI have been painted inside and out. It was a 3 week project for the painters who spent at least two thirds of their time preparing the surfaces to ensure that the final fresh coats of paint will have […]

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Blog post by Jenny Brown. Christmas for Christians is a time of peace, exemplified by God’s grace shown through the gift of Jesus. For many who are of different faiths or without a faith, it is a time to share the fruits of the Christmas tradition (and coinciding festivals such as Hanukah), of relationships, family […]

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It’s easier to polarise than walk the slow bumpy path towards peace. Blog post by Jenny Brown. “I have realised that I am just reacting to her reactions.”   This comment came from a husband who is learning to observe himself in his chronically conflictual marriage. He was beginning to see that this reacting back […]

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Blog post written by Lily Mailler. “Becoming a less anxious and more thoughtful parent goes beyond technique and changing others” In a recent talk I attended at a local school on ‘Anxiety and children’ the presenter, Associate Professor Jennifer Hudson, shared with the audience some interesting research findings and observations. Here are but a few […]

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A retiring administrator critiques Bowen theory in action: “I think there’s a risk of theory becoming like a rule book rather than a set of ideas to try out in life combined with common sense.” Ruth Foley interviewed by Jenny Brown JB: Well Ruth on your retirement, after over 10 years at the Family Systems […]

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Blog post by Jenny Brown I asked a group of community group leaders at a church the other night what they think makes for healthy disagreements. This is a question I frequently ask couples in counselling with people usually a bit taken aback that I think this is a more useful exploration than what makes […]

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“Are more of my energies going into reading and trying to manage relationships than going into my responsibilities?”   The topic of resilience has been getting lots of attention over the past years. It seems that many have realised that it is more helpful to aim for improved resilience than increased happiness. The core of […]

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Blog post by Martina Palombi Member of FSI Certificate program. Psychotherapist in private practice. www.affinitypsychotherapy.com   I recently attended the Family System Institute’s Annual Conference 2014 on Leadership in the Family, Community and at Work with keynote speaker Walter Howard Smith, Ph.D.The first day focused on Leadership in the Family whilst the second day focused […]

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