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End of Year Symposium

Unique Application of Family Systems

Monday 29th November, 5.30pm – 7.15pm | In Person At Crows Nest Community Centre & Online 


This mini-Symposium features three short and engaging presentations relevant to Bowen Family Systems Theory. Each presentation runs for 20 minutes with ample time for questions and discussion.  This is an ideal professional development event to finish off the calendar year. 


Keeping the Family System in Mind When Working with the Grief and Loss of Miscarriage – Meg Cook

Few moments in the family lifecycle represent the simultaneous paradox and apparent contradiction found in the experience of miscarriage, where families grapple with the collision of life and death in this surprisingly common phenomena. This presentation presents my reflections on how holding a family systems lens can assist when supporting clients with the grief and loss of miscarriage. Systemic ideas I have found useful when supporting clients who have been through miscarriage will be discussed including a consideration of family of origin context and genograms; rituals; and entrances and exits. Given the hidden nature of miscarriage, woven throughout this presentation will be the stories and voices of families who have suffered miscarriage, including my own, which I hope will demonstrate the therapeutic ideas discussed as well as pay tribute to their experience. The presentation will also introduce the Dual Process Model-Revised; a grief and loss model which incorporates a family level perspective on bereavement which is compatible with a systemic perspective.

Meg Cook Biography 

Meg is a Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Counselling Social Work. Meg completed the Advanced Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory at the FSI in 2016, and has worked as an individual, couple and family therapist since 2014. After working with the Family Systems Practice for many years, Meg now runs her own private practice As well as her own counselling practice, Meg continues to offer training, supervision and coaching with the Family Systems Institute


Chronic Pain, Family Systems and a Personal Journey – Jane Cooper 

Chronic pain is the most burdensome issue on the face of the planet, in terms of years lived with a disability and its associated economic impact. The processes involved in pain are wonderfully complex and there are myriad factors that contribute to its transition from an acute, protective response to a chronic condition with associated functional implications. The robustness of a family system to face life’s challenges and the way in which the family system responds to those challenges can influence how an individual reacts to noxious sensory input at a biological level. How anxiously people respond to one another when a symptom such as pain develops somewhere in a family, is another factor contributing to the complexity of chronic pain. In this brief presentation, Jane will share her current thinking about chronic pain from her personal family systems context.

Jane Cooper Biography

Jane Cooper is a senior Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and young people, adults and families in the field of mental health.  Jane has previously worked as a paediatric occupational therapist in a private practice specialising in the treatment of sensory processing and developmental disorders in children. She has post-graduate qualifications in play therapy and is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University in the Department of Occupational Therapy, having published 5 articles in peer reviewed journals. Her involvement with the FSI began in 2009 and she completed the certificate program in 2018. Jane’s interest in and integration of Bowen theory into her thinking, clinical practice, research and family life continues to evolve.  


Treatment of Anxiety – Adding a Family Systems Lens Emma Robinson 

Moving from traditional training into Bowen Family Systems can give rise to a number of challenges for the clinician who is trained in an individualistic way of thinking.  This seminar will address some of the challenges for the newly trained Bowen clinician when looking at treatment of an anxiety disorder. A focus will be on what a family systems lens adds to the conceptualisation and treatment of clinically significant anxiety. The similarities and differences of the approaches as well as the unresolved issues will be examined.

Emma Robinson Biography

Emma has more than 15 years experience in professional practice as a Clinical Psychologist having completed her doctorate in 2007. As well as previously working in private practice, Emma has worked at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression based at St Vincent’s hospital and the Macquarie University Anxiety Clinic. She has worked as a clinical content developer for online psychological treatment programs at MindSpot, Macquarie University, and is a co-author on a number of peer-reviewed articles. Since completing the Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Practice, Emma has developed a special interest in integrating her cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy training into the broader family systems context as a private clinician at the Family Systems Practice. She is an AHPRA approved supervisor for clinical psychologists. 


$88 (including GST) for either in-person or online attendance at the symposium

An additional cost of $20 is optional for those who wish to share in canapés and drinks afterwards and stay on for the FSI’s Annual General Meeting which will follow the symposium. Non-members are not eligible to vote at the AGM, but anyone is welcome to attend and hear an update on the FSI’s operations and endeavours.

In person places are limited so book in quickly so you don’t miss out! 


Crows Nest Community Centre – Pat Brunton Room

2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest NSW 2065


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



Bookings are closed for this event.

Date(s) - 29/11/2021
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Crows Nest Community Centre

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