Coming to grips with Bowen Family Systems Theory in a collaborative learning environment.

FSI Trainer - Lily Mailler

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Lily Mailler is a registered psychologist whose work as a therapist is informed by her rich work experience and continued efforts to apply a Family Systems perspective to her personal and professional life.

Over the past 30 years and before joining the FSI, Lily worked with Individuals, couples and families in a wide variety of contexts which included community health settings, relationship agencies and residential care facilities for women and children at risk. She was involved in projects addressing issues such as: migrants and occupational health; mental health i.e. schizophrenia; domestic violence; anger management as well as parenting education. She has also worked with the aged and their carers addressing stress related issues.

During her time as a relationship counsellor at Centacare, Broken Bay, she worked in conjunction with the mediation team assisting with Child Inclusive mediations and running parenting groups for separating parents. Lily was also responsible for supervising candidates for the Masters in Counselling psychology at Macquarie University.

Lily is originally from Peru and speaks fluent Spanish; she has been studying and applying Bowen Theory for over 15 years. She initially found the ideas challenging, given their counterintuitive nature, but persistence in grappling with the concepts has resulted in a very interesting journey; she is particularly interested in the interaction between the big picture societal emotional process, i.e. culture and gender prescriptions, and family emotional process.

Lily is keen to keep abreast with recent research into the neurophysiology of emotions as well as with the science behind the theory.

Lily is an active faculty member at the Family Systems Institute. She conducts a variety of workshops aimed at health professionals, as well as running discussion groups and supervision sessions for certificate candidates.

Lily is a General Registration, Psychology Board of Australia, approved supervisor.


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