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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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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Lily Mailler –  The media had a field day when Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of well-known Labor politician and ex NSW premier Neville Wran (deceased), was implicated last year in the murder of a man inside a Redfern housing commission flat. In many of the newspaper articles I read it was clear that this young […]

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Blog post by Jenny Brown. Christmas for Christians is a time of peace, exemplified by God’s grace shown through the gift of Jesus. For many who are of different faiths or without a faith, it is a time to share the fruits of the Christmas tradition (and coinciding festivals such as Hanukah), of relationships, family […]

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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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“Are more of my energies going into reading and trying to manage relationships than going into my responsibilities?”   The topic of resilience has been getting lots of attention over the past years. It seems that many have realised that it is more helpful to aim for improved resilience than increased happiness. The core of […]

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Blog post by Jenny Brown.  —Murray Bowen MD Our upcoming workshop on a family systems understanding of loss and grief explores the variations in family reactions to death, the factors important to grieving and recovery, family of origin patterns of grieving and understanding the family emotional shock wave. The following excerpt from my book, “Growing […]

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Blog post by Jenny Brown What a satisfying experience to read: The Origins of Family Psychotherapy, This book contains the key research papers from the NIMH* project led by Dr Murray Bowen in the latter 1950s. (Edited by Jack Butler PhD) Why, you may well ask, was this high on my summer reading list? Don’t I […]

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