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Module B: Journey into Family of Origin

This is a small group of 5 to 6 members. Members will learn to apply the concepts of Bowen theory to understanding the relationship patterns in their family of origin and extended families, their own functioning patterns, and emotional triggers. Members will learn to take steps to change undesirable behavioral patterns and define self in their important relationships.

Course Objectives
  • To learn to do research on their families.
  • To understand the functioning patterns of oneself, and the prominent relationship patterns, themes, and significant events of one’s multigenerational family system. 
  • To understand the impact of anxiety and reciprocity on self and the multigenerational family system. 
  • To learn strategies and steps to define self in the multigenerational family system.
Course Content

Each session will consist of presentation by 2 to 3 members on their family of origin.  Members will learn to conduct research on their families, gather facts, and conceptualize the facts according to the framework of Bowen theory.  The instructor will demonstrate by presenting her own family of origin at the first session.  The instructor will ask questions and give feedback to the presenters.  Members learn from hearing the presentations, the feedback of the instructors and other members, as well as from own self –reflection, and undertaking practical steps for self-change. 

Course Details
Course Code:


Date & Time:

to be announced.   (6 sessions, 18 hours)

Fee:  HK$3,600   (COF: $3,500)



Mrs. Peggy Chan,  M.Ed., R.S.W.

Mrs. Peggy Chan is presently Director of Programme, ISS Family Institute, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. 

Mrs. Peggy Chan is presently Director of Programme, ISS Family Institute, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. Mrs. Peggy Chan started her study of Bowen theory in the early 1990s in Vancouver. She continues her study of Bowen theory through attending the Postgraduate Program on Bowen Family Systems theory and Its Applications at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington DC, U.S.A. from 2008-2013, and the Bowen Center’s Research Seminar group since 2013. She is a member of the Bowen Center’s Network Program for the Advancement of the Bowen Theory since Nov. 2014, to work on collaboration with other Bowen theory training centers around the world, and to promote better learning and teaching of the Bowen theory. Mrs. Chan is a frequent speaker on Bowen theory, and has conducted many workshops and courses on the systemic way of seeing relationships, the applications of Bowen theory in clinical practice, work situations and family. She had presented at the 51st Annual Symposium of the Bowen Center in Nov., 2014. She had presented at the 51st Annual Symposium of the Bowen Center in Nov., 2014, and was a plenary speaker of the First International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory, Pittsburg, U.S.A. in August, 2015.

Mrs. Peggy Chan was trained as a social worker (B.Soc.Sc., HKU), and counselor (M.Ed., U. of Toronto) prior to her family systems training. She has over 20 years of experience in counseling individuals and families, conducting clinical supervision, and training professionals. Her areas of specialization include marital and women‘s issues, sexual issues, loss and grief, parent-child relationship difficulties, and cultural adaptation. She is Honorary Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong, teaching and supervising M.Soc.Sc. (Counselling) students since 2002. She is Associate Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.



Anyone interested, please contact Mrs. Peggy Chan (Email:, Tel: 2834 -6883). A new group will be formed when there are 5-6 persons interested.


You may download the application form as below, or proceed for online enrollment. 

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