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

Drugs and alcohol have been used by human beings for millennia. Today, the ‘drug war’ receives near constant media attention even though most modern drugs were discovered and consumed many millennia ago. The prevalent view of addiction these days is that it is a disease which is genetically transmitted residing within the afflicted individual (the […]

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Our graduates had a lot to say about the Family Systems Conference and how it has impacted their thinking! So take a listen to their insightful reflection and see if what they had to say matched with your thoughts! What if I couldn’t make it to the conference?  Couldn’t make it to the conference? Listen […]

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Podcast 7 explores Bowen training initiatives with the Georgetown Family Centre. Photo credit: Andrea Schara MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine (and is now open to […]

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This podcast looks at Bowen’s move to Georgetown University School of Medicine – plus his multiple family research project. MURRAY BOWEN ARCHIVE : All the facts in the discussion presented in these pod casts can be validated and expanded upon in the documents in the archival record that exists at the National Library of Medicine […]

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Refection’s from FSI 2015 conference on addictions. By Susan Hamilton. I know now, as an individual and as a clinician, that one of the great strengths of Bowen theory is to take such survival-driven adaptations out of individual pathology and make of them something more scientific, more objective, more INTERESTING, more plastic. Fifty percent of […]

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As our conference on addictions and the family system approaches it is timely for each of us to ask: What patterns in our family, can contribute to misuse of tranquilising substances (or behaviours & activities)? Many families can look back over the generations and see that there have been people who have been over reliant on […]

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Lily Mailler “Symptomatic individuals play a functional role on behalf of the equilibrium of the family unit; in other words the symptom serves to regulate the instinctual forces of emotional distance and closeness in the family.” “In contrast to an individual psychology approach like CBT, the focus in therapy is less on changing or fixing […]

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 by Jenny Brown “focuses on what happened, and on how and when and where it happened “ in order to see the bigger picture In October 2014 Mark Driscoll, a prominent US pastor of a mega church resigned. Unlike many examples of clergy falling from grace this was not prompted by exposure of a criminal or […]

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A retiring administrator critiques Bowen theory in action: “I think there’s a risk of theory becoming like a rule book rather than a set of ideas to try out in life combined with common sense.” Ruth Foley interviewed by Jenny Brown JB: Well Ruth on your retirement, after over 10 years at the Family Systems […]

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Dr Cybele Dey, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, graduate of the FSI Certificate Program and now in Private Practice from the Family Systems Institute, writes on how the June conference presentations on the family engaged her thinking: “Unraveling the Complexity of Child Focus”, the 2013 Annual Conference of The Family Systems Institute, was a wonderful […]

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