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

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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Blog post by Jenny Brown What a satisfying experience to read: The Origins of Family Psychotherapy, This book contains the key research papers from the NIMH* project led by Dr Murray Bowen in the latter 1950s. (Edited by Jack Butler PhD) Why, you may well ask, was this high on my summer reading list? Don’t I […]

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Reflections on the 50th Bowen Centre Symposium, Arlington – November 2013. By Jenny Brown I have recently returned from Washington DC where I attended and presented at the Bowen Centre’s 50th Symposium. It was a privilege to participate in such a long standing gathering of systems thinkers. The 50th anniversary celebration and some of the […]

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By Lily Mailler I have been studying and applying Dr Bowen’s theory for the past 13 years and it took me a while to understand the idea of emotional sensitivity that is so central to the theory. Seeing emotional sensitivity in action in me was a big step in beginning to understand the impact it […]

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Dr Cybele Dey, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, graduate of the FSI Certificate Program and now in Private Practice from the Family Systems Institute, writes on how the June conference presentations on the family engaged her thinking: “Unraveling the Complexity of Child Focus”, the 2013 Annual Conference of The Family Systems Institute, was a wonderful […]

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By Wayne Caruana Psychologist at CAMHS and an Early Psychosis Service I wanted to share some of my thoughts about this year’s conference, firstly by congratulating Jenny and the team at the FSI for such an achievement in facilitating the 10th FSI Conference. I have been to 5 conferences now and have found them all very […]

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Jenny Brown interviews our Conference Speakers from our upcoming Annual Conference: Elizabeth A. Skowron, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology Research Scientist, Child and Family Centre University of Oregon Margaret (Peg) Donley MSW Bowen Family Systems Clinical Seminars Kansas City Awarded 2013 Bowen centre Pollie Caskie research scholarship for: The Neurobiology of Family Relationship Processes. […]

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Guest presenter from FSI Certificate program Nicola Fortescue- introduced by Jenny Brown. A recent presentation as part of our certificate program explored the dynamics of a friendship in a community/church congregation context.  The presentation described the personal challenge of dealing with a relationship where, after pulling back to be less involved, the presenter experienced increased efforts […]

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Two therapists working “systemically” What are the similarities and differences? This blog turned into a rather long essay-the following are key excerpts. There is a link to the full paper at the end. Two family therapists, both working with systems in mind, take on the same case.  What commonalities will their work share? What are […]

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Jenny:  Linda I read your article with interest from the ANZ Journal of Family Therapy :Trauma and Bowen Family Systems Theory: Working with Adults Who were Abused as Children. I really liked the clarity about how issues of power are not ignored in Bowen theory but they sit alongside inviting people to define themselves more […]

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