Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
July 27, 2021 0 comments


  • Group supervision comprises a maximum of 8 participants. The aim is to assist participants to integrate new knowledge in an environment of collaborative learning and reflection. Participants will be asked to formulate hypotheses and present their thinking about clinical cases using family systems theory’s concepts and main assumptions (pre- reading provided for this). They will also be asked to reflect on the self of the therapist noticing their triggers and sensitivities to clients and where they are vulnerable to losing objectivity (taking sides).
  • A reading and discussion component is part of this group, covering themes of family life cycle, culture, gender, and social contexts relevant to the clinical process.
  • Pre-reading will cover the clinical approach utilising Bowen FST. The 5 sessions will prioritise couple and family cases but will also consider cases involving family systems work with an individual.


This group can be applied as essential RPL for FSI 2 year core programs commencing Feb/March 2021 and applied towards clinical membership of AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapy).


Conditions of Enrolment

  • Currently working with clients
  • Has a basic understanding of Bowen theory evidenced by min of 6 hour training at the FSI,
  • Previous supervision or coaching with a Bowen theory trained supervisor/therapist.
  • Committed to attending all sessions (except for genuine emergencies)
  • Able to utilise zoom meeting platform with good internet speed


Group 1 Dr Linda MacKay, Accredited supervisor and clinical member with AAFT. (Full)

Group 2  Veronica Peters, Accredited supervisor and clinical member with AAFT. (Full)

Group 3  Veronica Peters, Accredited supervisor and clinical member with AAFT. (Enrolments opening soon)

Dates and booking

Starts July 2021

We will be announcing enrolments for midyear intake soon.

Supervision part 1 – Tuesdays: 4-6 pm

27 July 2021
31 August 2021
28 September 2021
26 October 2021
23 November 2021

Cost $560 plus GST


A BFST view assists [the therapist] to widen the focus to gain a multi-generational view of the family’s emotional process. But, perhaps more integral to this challenging work, it increases the capacity of the therapist to reflect on their own reactions and anxious responses to [a] family, before, during, and after therapy sessions and in interactions with different parts of the family’s wider systems. The therapist takes time to pause and reflect as to what they are observing in self as they find themselves ‘having to act’ or ‘to help’ or ‘to fix’ in an anxious and less thoughtful way (MacKay, 2017, p. 469).



To find out more about the program, please download an enquiry form and return by email to

Note: This training is a can be done before registering and applied as recognised prior learning for our core training programs

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Date(s) - 27/07/2021 - 23/11/2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

via Zoom

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