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

Jo Wright


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.

Jo Wright FSI Trainer

Following her initial exposure to the ideas of Murray Bowen during her training in couple therapy, she keenly extended this experience by completing a major project, during her postgraduate studies in Psychology at University of Western Sydney, on the contribution of Murray Bowen to the development of family therapy.

Jo worked as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer for Relationships Australia for over 8 years and was manager of Uniting Care’s Unifam Sydney regional office for 5 years following this.

In 1995 Jo was a founding member of The Australian Institute for Relationships Studies where she was involved in the development of curriculum for the postgraduate training of mental health professionals in the field of couple and family therapy. She went on to be employed at University of Technology, Sydney customising and delivering training programs in adult education for organisations involved in the teaching of psychotherapy. This enabled her to develop her interest, skills and qualifications in adult learning approaches. Jo has subsequently developed a reputation as an articulate communicator who values collaboration and creativity in training.

In addition to her contribution to The FSI Jo maintains a private Psychology practice where she consults with individuals, couples and families. She is highly regarded for her expertise in the field of couple therapy.

Ideas from Bowen’s Family Systems Theory have underpinned her clinical work as a Psychologist, her training, supervision and management of clinical staff as well as her personal life for many years.

Academic Training and Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology was at UNSW
  • Postgraduate qualification in Psychology was at The University of Western Sydney
  • Postgraduate qualification in Adult Education and Training was at UTS
  • Postgraduate qualification in Information Management at UNSW

Additionally, Jo has completed post graduate training in both Couple and Family therapy at Relationships Australia NSW and UWS


Inviting each partner out of the fusion: Bowen family systems theory and couple therapy. Co-authored with Jenny Brown. The CAPA Quarterly. pp. 17-20. Issue two, 2010. View >

Self-soothing – A Recursive Intrapsychic and Relational Process: The Contribution of the Bowen Theory to the Process of Self -Soothing. The Australian Journal of Family Therapy, Vol 30, Number 1. 2009 pp. 29 -41

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