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Delayed Webcast Lectures: The Differentiated Family System

Bowen’s remarkable idea of family diagnosis versus individual diagnosis provides a useful framework for understanding the underpinnings of family ethical readiness and the differentiated family system. In this presentation, Dr. Collier discusses the characteristics of an ethically ready, mature and well differentiated family. She uses her own family as a case to illustrate the emotional process and growth of a family. A literature review of Bowen’s writing and videos that describe his ideas regarding defining a self in the family and the differentiated family is also included.

Dr. Collier’s research focus is identity development and late life successful adaptation, wisdom, and ethics of care. She has conducted research on the relations between wisdom and ethics of care in late life. At the last part of her presentation, Dr. Collier shares her research on the relation between wisdom and ethical maturity.

Course Code


WCF 05/17

Date & Time:             


Mar 18, 2017 (Sat) 4:00pm –   6:30pm



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



Social workers, counsellors,   psychologists, therapists and teachers, the public.



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


Individual session:


HK $200 / person

HK$1,350 (Annual Pass 10 sessions)  

HK$1,200 (Annual Pass 10 sessions ISSFI Circle of Friends)       

HK$600 (Annual Pass 10 sessions Full-time students)

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Annual Pass

  • The series consists of 10 lectures, each conducted by a different speaker. Details :
  • Each coupon is only for one person for one single session
  • Coupons validity : November of each year until September next year, 10 coupons per set
  • We welcome organizations, couples, friends, colleagues to share coupons; coupons  can also be used to invite colleagues or anyone who is interested in learning Bowen Theory.  Each person should use one coupon for one single session.
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