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June 19, 2015 0 comments

Addictions and the Family System

A big picture, the bio-psycho-social view of mental health symptoms

Date: Friday, June 19th & Saturday, 20th June

Time: 9:00am – 5pm

Where: Mary MacKillop Conference Centre – North Sydney

Programme Overview

Friday 19 June

  • Families with Addiction – Dr Anne McKnight
  • Clinical Video & Discussion – Dr Anne McKnight
  • The Biology of  Addictions – Professor John Saunders
  • Review discussion facilitated by Daniel Papero, PhD


Saturday 20 June

  • The Role of the Coach – Dr Anne McKnight
  • Societal Context of Addictions – Louise Rauseo
  • Social context of addiction in indigenous communities – Steve Ella & Kristen Ella
  • Clinical Video & Discussion – Dr Anne McKnight
  • Review discussion facilitated by Daniel Papero, PhD

Key Note speaker:  Dr Anne McKnight, Director of the Bowen Centre for the Study of the Family Washington DC

Anne McKnight will present her research and clinical examples of addiction and the family system.

  • What is a Bowen family systems understanding of symptom development?
  • What is the interplay of family, biology, psychology and societal process?

Additional Speakers: Dan Papero, PhD MSW Bowen Centre faculty. Will give responses to  presentations both days assisting in making links between theory and science.

The biology of Addictions with a panel discussing link with a systems lens

Professor John Saunders: Friday 19th (Professor and consultant physician in internal medicine and addiction medicine).

The societal context of addictions

Louise Rauseo, Sat 20th via web: researcher Border programs El Paso Texas.

Louise will present some of the facts about a major societal change in Juarez, Mexico and changes in addictions accompanied by violence. She will also present a multigenerational family case study.

Plus some Australian health workers presenting on social issues and addictions – followed by panel discussion.

Key Note Speaker: Dr Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW, LICSW

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Support Speakers: 


Dan Papero PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW                             Professor J. B. Saunders                            Louise Rauseo RN, MS.

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Steve Ella  Aboriginal Health Manager Central Coast local hospital district Co-author of Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work 2012. Researcher (Sydney University) : Professional needs of Aboriginal drug and alcohol workers in NSW & Kristen Ella, Aboriginal Mental Health Worker with experience in adult, perinatal and child and adolescents.: presenting aboriginal history and context for substance misuse issues




– Early Bird rates (ends 11:59PM May 10): 1 Day $ 242.00  ; 2 Day Ticket   $440.00

– After May 9: 1 Day $ 286 .00   2 Day Ticket   $473.00


Full time Student rates:

– Early bird (ends 11:59PM May 10): $165 1 day; $275 2 Day Ticket 

– After early bird: $198 1 Day; $308 2 Day Ticket

**Certificate Program members and Graduate Group members please call admin at the FSI to register and claim your discount**

Accessibility – Depth – Curiosity

The family Systems Conference is held in June each year with invited senior scholars in Bowen family Systems Theory as Key note speakers.

The conference aims to present Bowen theory both in its foundational form and in its new applications to Clinical practice and Research in different areas of Science. The conference is presented in a way that has both depth for those familiar with the theory, and accessibility for those newer to the theory.  Finally, the Conference program is structured to facilitate thinking, questions and discussion from all delegates, as to how the theory applies to the personal, professional and societal.






Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - 19/06/2015 - 20/06/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mary MacKillop Place Conference Centre


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