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

Podcast 8 explores the end of Bowen’s life and how he managed the final years of his professional life. 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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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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It’s easier to polarise than walk the slow bumpy path towards peace. Blog post by Jenny Brown. “I have realised that I am just reacting to her reactions.”   This comment came from a husband who is learning to observe himself in his chronically conflictual marriage. He was beginning to see that this reacting back […]

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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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Blog post by Jenny Brown I asked a group of community group leaders at a church the other night what they think makes for healthy disagreements. This is a question I frequently ask couples in counselling with people usually a bit taken aback that I think this is a more useful exploration than what makes […]

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[Blog post written by Jenny Brown] With our conference on systems leadership just around the corner I have been thinking lots about the difference between systems leadership in the family and systems leadership at work. In many ways I think they are the same. The leader is one who works on their own differentiation of […]

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Excerpt from Walter Howard Smith Jnr PhD’s conference presentation 2011. Edited for this blog by Jenny Brown This excerpt opens up fascinating insights into systems leadership. Dr Smith talks about how he manages himself as Executive Director of a not for profit child and family services organisation with a staff of around 230 people. Many at […]

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by Jenny Brown & Linda MacKay “To be more differentiated in the supervisory (or any) relationship it will require an individual to develop and to own their thinking rather borrow it from another.”  It’s been fascinating to review the history of collaborative approaches in family therapy supervision and to position Bowen theory into this spectrum. […]

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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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