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

Faculty & Trainers

Lauren Errington, Executive Director

Lauren is the Core Programs Coordinator at the Family Systems Institute. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist (Master of Couple & Family Therapy, UNSW) who holds clinical membership with the AASW and AAFT.

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Jenny Brown, Faculty – Director Emeritus

Jenny Brown PhD, has worked as a social worker and family therapist since the early 1980s.  Her clinical work has been in alternate care, couple therapy, family therapy, adult mental health, family homelessness, expatriate families and child and family health. Jenny’s research over the past years has focussed on parents and their involvement in their child’s mental health treatment. She is well regarded in Australia for her training in Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Theory and has been dedicated to developing the application of this model in clinical practice and training since the early 1990s.

Having trained in family therapy with the Marriage Guidance Council, Jenny moved to the United States and completed her Masters doing her field work with Dr Salvador Minuchin and his Family Studies Institute in New York City.

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Jo Wright FSI Trainer
Jo Wright, Faculty Coordinator – Family of Origin

Jo is a founding and active member of the FSI faculty and training team since its inception in 2004.  She has been working in the field of Couple and Family Therapy since completing her training with Marriage Guidance NSW (now Relationships Australia) since the 1980’s

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Veronica Peters, Faculty Coordinator – Clinical Supervision

Veronica Peters is a psychologist and family therapist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  She has worked extensively with people experiencing mental health difficulties and a range of clinical issues.   Veronica has worked for many years in the mental health sector and in private practice and currently is in private practice in the Newcastle area.  Veronica has been trained in family therapy beginning in 1999 with Relationships Australia and began her interest in pursuing formal training in Bowen Family Systems Theory over 10 years ago.

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Craig Foster, Faculty Coordinator – Systems in Ministry

Craig is the Systems in Ministry Coordinator at the Family Systems Institute. He is also an ordained minister in a church in the North West of Sydney and works part-time as a ministry & workplace coach and Couples and family therapist (provisional) at the Family Systems Practice in Neutral Bay

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Linda MacKay, Trainer

Linda MacKay PhD is an accredited psychotherapist & counsellor. She has degrees and qualifications in counselling, couple and family therapy and her PhD in critical psychology (UWS). Linda is a highly regarded relationship and trauma therapist and teacher in the field nationally. 

Linda Mackay PhD has a well-established reputation in the family therapy field in Australia. She is well-known as a very engaging trainer who brings complex ideas to life, not only as a clinician and supervisor, but also in non-clinical organisational and workplace environments. 

Linda also works private individuals and with business executives who wish to optimise their performance as leaders.  Linda is a clinical member of PACFA & Accredited Supervisor for AAFT. Linda is also a lecturer in the undergraduate and Masters program in Counselling at Notre Dame University.

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Lily Mailler, Trainer

Lily Mailler is a registered psychologist whose work as a therapist is informed by her rich work and life experience as well as her continued efforts to apply a Family Systems perspective to her personal and professional life. Lily is originally from Peru and arrived in Australia in 1973, she speaks fluent Spanish.

Over the past 30 plus years and before joining the Family Systems Institute, 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 in mental health such as schizophrenia, domestic violence, anger management as well as parenting education. She has also worked with the aged and their carers addressing stress related issues as well as in the area of migrants and occupational health. 

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Fiona Taylor, Trainer

Fiona is a Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist working with adults, children, adolescents, young people and parents. She has worked in
numerous settings, including hospital, community mental health and private practice. The majority of her experience has been working with adolescents, young people and their families who present with anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, trauma, chronic pain, and emotion dysregulation.

Fiona is interested in assisting adults and young people to improve all aspects of their mental health, wellbeing and relationships. Fiona’s approach is informed by Family Systems Theory and mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Fiona has a special interest in working with the unique challenges related to either being a twin or multiple or parenting multiples (being a parent of multiples herself).

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Charlie Ellis, Trainer

Charmian (Charlie) Ellis is a registered psychologist and Medicare provider with post graduate qualifications in couple counselling.  Prior to joining the FSI, she worked at two of Australia’s leading counselling organizations, including 24 hour crisis counselling alongside work with individuals, couples and families.  Her specialty interests include “Prepare”  pre-marriage counselling, and assisting parents to be a calmer resource for anxious children.  With a country background herself, Charlie is also committed to assisting rural families, either through extended visits or through technology, such as skype or conference calls.

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