Training & Courses

Training Programmes

Delayed Webcast Lectures: Conversations with the Faculty 2017-18 (5th Lecture)
Course Objectives
  • To get in touch with the latest thinking of the Bowen theory, and the sharing of experienced Bowen theorists.
  • To enhance understanding and applications of the Bowen theory.


Course Content

This conversation will consider how Bowen theory can inform organizations as they encounter and manage transition. A case study will examine the impact of Bowen theory on program organization and implementation before, during, and after a functional shift.


Course Code: WCF 05/17-18
Date & Time: Mar. 10, 2018 (Sat)  4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Targets: Helping professionals, and anyone interested in Bowen theory

Lecture: English (no subtitles)
Debriefing and discussion: English / Cantonese


$1,350 Annual Pass (10 sessions)
$1,200 Annual Pass (ISSFI Circle of Friends)
$600 Full time Students
$200 Individual Session

(Can be used as 10 tickets, e.g. 3 persons can use 3 tickets at one lecture)

Annual Pass 

The series consists of 10 lectures, each conducted by a different speaker. Click here to view the details.

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Lecture 5    Mar. 10, 2018
Observations on the Impact of Emotional Cutoff

This conversation will discuss the families of two siblings evidencing different degrees of cutoff and the effects of overcoming cutoff in the third generation.


Robert J. Noone, PhD

Dr. Noone began his formal study of Bowen theory when he entered the Postgraduate Program at the Family Center in 1975 when it was affiliated with the Georgetown University Medical Center. He has continued his involvement at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family ever since as a participant, presenter, and organizer of conferences and seminars. He has served as an editorial consultant to Family Systems since its beginning where several of his articles also appear.

He is currently on the faculty at the Center for Family Consultation in Evanston Illinois, which provides programs on Bowen theory and which he co-founded in 1979. Additionally, he served as the executive director at the Family Service Center of Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, and Kenilworth for 28 years and previously had been staff and later director of an alcohol and drug abuse program at a mental health center serving Chicago’s western suburbs. He continues his private practice in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Noone succeeds Dr. Michael E. Kerr who established Family Systems and served as its editor for twenty years. Dr. Kerr fulfilled Dr. Bowen’s original idea of publishing a journal to advance the understanding of human behavior based on family systems theory into a reality.