Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
August 19, 2021 0 comments


If you missed out on our conference you can now purchase the delayed stream of the entire two days –


The conference aims to present current research and literature about trauma while expanding the lens to consider the family and community context of recovery.


Day 1  Reflecting on different therapy pathways in response to trauma:

A Family Systems collaborative coaching process to grow a steadier self in real world relationships AND A dynamic attachment-based reparative therapeutic relationship for re- wiring patterns of relating.

Keynote 1 Dr Linda Mackay

Dr Linda Mackay

Renowned Family Systems Therapy consultant and trainer at the Family Systems Institute

The Family Emotional Response to Trauma

Beyond an individual view of trauma – Taking the emerging knowledge on the neurobiology of trauma and viewing this from a family systems perspective.

About Linda Mackay


Keynote 2 Dr Sophie Reid and Jace Cannon-Brookes

Dr Sophie Reid

Dr Sophie Reid

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Jace Cannon-Brookes

Directors of the Birchtree Centre for Excellence (in trauma treatment & research)

Relational Dynamics within Individual Therapy for Developmental Trauma

Sophie and Jace will present their approach to entering the client’s traumatised relational dynamics, using attachment-focused individual therapy.

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Followed by panel & audience reflections on the differences in approaches.

Afternoon session Walter Howard Smith Jr. PhD.

Walter Howard Smith Jr. PhD.

Founding faculty member of the Western Pennsylvania Family Centre and former executive director of Family Resources, a child abuse treatment and prevention organization in Pittsburgh, USA

A family Systems lens and child abuse

How Bowen theory offers a different framework for thinking about child abuse and working with families with a history of child abuse.

About Dr. Walter Smith



Family Systems & Child Abuse

An interview with Jenny Brown (Pre-recorded)

Day 2  Reflecting on the family, community & society in relation to trauma impacts and recovery

Keynote 1 Amie Post

Amie Post

MA, LCMFT. Executive/Clinical Director of the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. And Faculty at The Bowen Centre for the Study of the Family.

Violence in the Family – A Systems View to Help Navigate Rough Waters

Exploring the intersection of domestic violence, trauma-informed care and Bowen theory

About Amie Post


Keynote 2 Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

Education Officer Aboriginal Education Catholic Schools Office

Transgenerational Trauma – The Stolen Generations

Louise will speak from her personal experience about transgenerational trauma, stolen generations, and the impacts of this.  She will also speak to how family and community can be the impetus to strengthen well-being and identity when dealt such a blow.

About Louise Campbell


Afternoon session Interview with Anna Lloyd

Anna Lloyd

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist in Private Practice in Inner West Sydney. She spent close to 5 years as the Family Therapist for leading in-patient treatment centre Byron Private in the Byron Hinterland, where she had the privilege of facilitating family programs for hundreds of families facing trauma, addiction, mood and eating disorders.

Trauma & addictions: How the family system mediates this linkage

About Anna Lloyd


Work within a Bowen family systems frame recognises that any extended focus on feeling responses reduces the ability of the survivor to think rationally, to have access to her higher cortical functions, and consequently set a course of action, guided by her own principles and values. Thus the focus is not on the reparative relationship of therapist and client, given this can replicate the original fusion from which the survivor is trying to escape.


—Trauma and Bowen Family Systems Theory: Working with Adults Who were Abused as Children, Linda MacKay, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) Vol.33 No.3 2012 pp. 232-241.


Cost – Delayed Stream

  • 1 day – $345
  • 2 days – $560



  • Professionally filmed and streamed, capturing the immediacy of an in-person event
  • 4 weeks delayed stream viewing of presentations (until Friday 24th September)
  • Professional development resources package. Contains all PowerPoints and articles and video links relevant to each presentation.
  • Certificate of attendance for PD records


Please note: The delayed stream can be viewed but can’t be downloaded or shared.  Registrations will be open until Friday 10th September, however the access time will not be extended beyond Friday 24th September 2021.



Bookings are closed for this event.

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Date(s) - 19/08/2021 - 10/09/2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

via Zoom

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