Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
June 21, 2021 0 comments

This programme will be beneficial for anyone wishing to take their existing Bowen Family Systems knowledge to a deeper level. The group offers a solid engagement with theory and application.


Family of origin research groups provide a ‘hands on’ way to learn about Bowen’s theoretical concepts. Through the use of one’s own three generational family diagram as a tool for observing and thinking differently about the facts, key events, and functioning of family members over several generations, participants will begin to ‘see’ their family as an emotional system and to recognise the patterns of reactivity that govern their own and other family members’ lives and relationships. This provides a basis for ongoing research and more objective observation of strengths, vulnerabilities, adaptability and behavioural interactions in response to the circumstances of life over generations.

These groups are NOT therapy groups, nor are interventions for managing self and family the focus of the discussions. The focus is on learning about yourself and your functioning in the generational family and on understanding your family as an emotional unit.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how their learning enhances understanding of their functioning in workplace / clinical role and in personal relationships. Discussion will also include focus on methods that participants can use to gather FoO information and to open up communication constructively with extended family.

Strict codes of confidentiality will apply

Textbook: Harrison, Victoria (2018) The Family Diagram and Family Research. Center for Study of Natural systems and the Family. Houston, Texas

Facilitator: Jo Wright – Registered Psychologist, Grad Dip Adult Ed. MAPS. Advanced Certificate Coach and Graduate Group Supervisor

RPL : It is possible to apply this program as credit toward the Certificate Programs in Family Systems Theory and Practice commencing in February 2021

Minimum Requirements for Enrolment

  • Existing basic knowledge of Bowen Family Systems theory evidenced by a minimum of 6 hours FSI training
  • Previous supervision or coaching with a Bowen Theory trained supervisor or equivalent hours of reading in the theory
  • Commitment to attendance at all scheduled sessions, including the orientation session
  • Competence with and access to Zoom meeting platform
  • Purchase of required text book (see above) in advance of the orientation session (This text can be purchased from FSI for $30 or directly from Amazon)

Minimum Technical requirements for participation in the online group

  • Desk top computer or laptop (the use of smart phone for video link is not acceptable). It may be possible to use a tablet or iPad if you have compatible software and it is on a stand.
  • Wired or wireless headsets or earbuds
  • Sufficient bandwidth to support stable internet connection and a video conferencing service
  • Scanner or Scanning App (eg Genius Pro or Adobe Scan) that can create good quality PDF images of diagrams for emailing between participants (photographs in their native form are not clear enough)


Group Size and Time

We will meet as a closed group of maximum 6 participants for 8 x 2 hour sessions. If the group size is smaller each session will run for 1.5 hours.  An additional 1 hour orientation session is compulsory. Attendance at all sessions is a condition of enrolment.

Group Format

Learning methods will include a combination of readings, discussion, short presentations by participants and other Bowen theorists describing their research and thinking, feedback from trainer and some audio-visual material. A rich exposure to theory occurs through each participant’s research efforts and their subsequent presentations which facilitates illustration of 6 different family systems.  Thus, each participant’s attendance at all sessions is essential (consideration will be made for genuine emergencies).

At the orientation session, the facilitator will outline further details regarding:

  • the format of the first and subsequent sessions, arrange the presentation schedule, clarify and discuss the ethics and expectations of working together, including codes of confidentiality
  • Address any concerns participants may have about working together
  • Review the technical requirements with regard to the exchange of diagrams between participants prior to each session
  • Clarify expectations regarding preparation for each session
  • Provide further instructions on the use of the features of Zoom meeting service for maximising learning from an online format of the FOO research groups


Dates and booking

Orientation: 5-6pm 21st  June

Eight Sessions: 4 – 6pm Wednesdays

19th July (session 1)

9th  Aug (session2)

13th Sept (session3)

11th October (session 4)

15th Nov (session 5)

13th Dec (session 6)

7th Feb (session 7)

7th March (session 8)


Cost $1020 plus GST

$1122 incl. GST

Can be paid in 2 instalments of $571.50 (3 months apart)

We will be announcing enrolment for the mid-year intake; please send through an enquiry form (see below) to register your interest for this group.


To find out more about the programs, 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


This event is fully booked.

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Date(s) - 21/06/2021 - 07/03/2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

via Zoom

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