Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.
June 16, 2022 0 comments

Working with Addictions – A Family Systems Approach

Thursday 16th June AND Thursday 23rd June 2022, 9:30am – 12:30pm (AEST) | On Zoom | Presented by Anna Lloyd


This 2 part seminar will allow participants the opportunity to learn about and think through the complexities of addictive family systems from a Bowen theory perspective, and develop a nuanced appreciation of the family relationship processes that underpin and fuel addiction. Current trends in addiction treatment will be discussed and compared to a family systems approach, and the seminar will speak to the question of ‘what is the help that really helps?’

Clinical case studies will be provided, and participants will be invited to consider and think through their own clinical experiences and dilemmas in treating addicted individuals and their families. This seminar is suitable for any clinician interested in developing a deeper understanding of addiction, and is not limited to chemical dependency, but rather will speak more broadly to the obsession/compulsivity at the heart of any addictive process.


Learning Goals

– Differentiate between an individual versus a systems lens on addiction

– Understand the relational dynamics and interactional patterns that present in addictive family systems

– Become clear about treating principles and goals in systemic family addiction treatment

– Understand the ways that systemic addiction treatment intersects with and diverges from the dominant treatment paradigm operating in society today

– Explore and think through what is truly ‘helpful’ for individuals and families facing the very complex and challenging phenomenon of addiction


PD available. Please note that because this will be an interactive online training event it will not be recorded.



Includes payment for 2 x Workshops

$250 including GST

$215 including GST (if part of the FSI Network Group 1, Core Program Students or Organisations registering for 3 or more participants)


Anna Lloyd

Anna is an Individual, Couple and Family Therapist in a 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.




This workshop counts as recognised prior learning and as credit towards our Certificate and Advanced Certificate programs. For information about our in-depth training visit the certificate program homepage.


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



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Date(s) - 16/06/2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

via Zoom

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