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

Advanced Training Programs in Family Systems Theory and Practice




It is required to have some engagement with Bowen family systems theory through prior FSI training or supervision.

This means having attended FSI seminars, conferences, reading groups or having had supervision from FSI faculty in your workplace. Only those who have done Bowen theory training at recognised Bowen network centres (e.g., The Bowen Centre Introductory course) are eligible to enter without having prior FSI training or supervision.

The following offerings are suitable training opportunities to build your knowledge of Bowen family systems theory:

Once you have completed a minimum of 6 hours FSI training, you may also choose to complete the following in-depth training prior to enrolling in a certificate program:

** Workshops, the Family of Origin Research Group and the Clinical Supervision Group count as credit towards certification. This means you can start to work towards the program requirements prior to enrolling.

It is also a requirement to have a workplace setting that provides relevant case examples for the Certificate stream you are enrolling in.

Certificate Streams

Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Systems Therapy 

The Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Systems Therapy is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) featuring training in relationship systems thinking and clinical application with individuals, couples and families. It is ideal for already practicing clinicians from various disciplines – including social work, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, nursing – wanting to gain theory and practice experience in working with couples and families, moving towards certification as a clinical family therapist with the Australian Association of Family Therapy.

Certificate in Family Systems Theory & Application

The Certificate in Family Systems Theory and Application provides an opportunity for those wanting to integrate systems thinking in the relationships they are working – for example those in human resources, business, coaching, education, nursing, non-government agencies, family support, disability, drugs and alcohol and mental health. (For those not wanting a clinical family therapy component)

Certificate in Systems in Ministry 

The Certificate in Systems in Ministry is a two-year program tailored for those in ministry contexts with a substantial systems theory and case orientation. It is suitable for a range of people in ministry contexts – ministers in training, paid or lay church leaders, chaplains, para-church organisation workers and pastoral care workers, amongst others.

More information

Information session

This recording is a great way to learn more about the core programs if you missed the information sessions earlier this year.


Responses to common questions regarding workload, assessments etc. for the three certificate programs are available.


Here is what previous graduates have said about the FSI Certificate program

The Certificate Program has given me a solid foundation in Bowen Theory – such a useful theory for understanding all human relationships, including my own. This theory has revolutionised how I work with clients and how I respond in personal relationships.  


I found the certificate program to be not only transforming of my clinical practice but also, my life and relationships.


This Certificate Program has provided me with an excellent opportunity to work on many aspects of my self, understanding my self, my family better and how we as humans function which has helped me in my home and work life immensely. 


The certificate program was the perfect way to do a deep dive into my family of origin and to thoughtfully work on my limitations as a therapist and as a person over a decent time frame to be able to try out different aspects of theory.  



Hear what some certificate members in their final year of participation had to say – the journey of learning to think for self.

Certificate members

(Jane Cooper, with comments from Lauren Errington, Anna Lloyd, Erla Newhouse & Ken Morgan)


View a breakdown of fees for the three core programs

Note: A number of program components can be done before registering and applied as recognised prior learning.

To Apply

To find out more about the programs, please download an enquiry form and return by email to    

The next intake will be January 2022. Places are subject to availability. Timeline for applications:

  • Application intake opens: Monday 6 September (AAFT people also need to submit their references).
  • First round review of applications close: 27 September
  • Respond to first round applications: 4 August
  • Applications will then be reviewed on a case by case basis until closing date, 13 December.

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