Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
June 21, 2018 2 comments

This 2 day conference: “The Vulnerable Child in the Family System” will explore what contributes to the development of symptoms in children and parental maltreatment of children. There will be a particular focus on the family environment. A Bowen Family Systems Lens will be applied in relation to struggling children and adolescents and their family members. This understanding will be compared and contrasted to other approaches, including CBT and Attachment Theory.

Additional to this rich program of research, theory and practice, participants will have the choice each day to attend relevant workshops that illustrate clinical application.

This conference brings together internationally acclaimed clinical researchers and practitioners to explore how the family system impacts on symptoms in children. It will combine dynamic presentations on theory, research and clinical approaches to working with symptomatic children and young people and their families. Each day will provide opportunity for optional seminars that focus on clinical cases.

As always, this 15th Annual Family Systems Institute conference aims to present Bowen systems theory with both depth and accessibility.

Please click here to view the full program outline


  • Present Bowen systems theory that is accessible while holding depth
  • Provide a range of presentations on theory, research and clinical applications in working with vulnerable children and their families
  • Understand the complexity of symptom development in the child and wider family system
  • Consider how Bowen family systems theory works in conjunction with other theoretical models


“The child who is the object of the projection is the one who is most emotionally attached [reactive] to the parents, and the one who ends up with the lower level of differentiation of self.”

M Bowen Family Therapy in Clinical Practice p 477


Dates: 21st & 22nd of June, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Mary Mackillop Conference Centre, North Sydney.

Key Note: Prof Elizabeth Skowron (University of Oregon)

Guest Researcher: Prof Jennifer Hudson (Macquarie University)

Additional input from Jenny Brown PhD; Kathleen Kerr  MSN, MS, CNS , Plus a number of seminar choices with case studies!

The FSI Silent Auction is now open! Funds raised through this effort will be assigned to new training equipment and shortfalls in admin costs as well as providing conference scholarship places for selected emerging clinicians who are working with vulnerable populations (for 2018 & 2019). For more information please click HERE.

Optional cocktail event 5:30pm – 6:30pm Thursday of conference in mezzanine area – includes variety of canapés and beverages – wine, beer and soft drinks. Opportunity to talk with speakers and network with other delegates.


A delayed streaming option is available for individuals and organisations. The stream will consist of the Thursday Morning (approx. 3 hours) of the conference for only $120 for individuals and $280 for organisations.




Please Note: All FSI events, unless otherwise stated are subject to our cancellation policy.

Student rates available – $120 discount for full time students. Please call 02 9904 5600 for more info.


If you have any difficulty logging in to register please email us

Or phone 02 99045600 and we will process your payment promptly.


Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - 21/06/2018 - 22/06/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mary MacKillop Place Conference Centre



  • Kathleen Pearce
    on February 1, 2018 Reply

    I am trying to make a booking. I am confused by what is in front of me.

    • FSI
      on March 20, 2018 Reply

      Dear Kathleen,

      If you still wish to register, please give us a call on 02 9904 5600 and we would be happy to register you over the phone.

      Kind regards,

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