Training & Courses

Training Programmes

Delayed Webcast Lectures: 9th Lecture: Neurofeedback, the Brain, and Differentiation of Self
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 09/17-18
Date & Time: July 14, 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 Schedule_for_2017-18

Online application allows enrollment in individual lecture only. If you wish to purchase annual pass for all lectures, please click here to download the form (PDF format) or (Word format) and send it back to us.


Lecture 9    July 14, 2018
Neurofeedback, the Brain, and Differentiation of Self

This conversation will be about Priscilla J. Friesen's work integrating neurofeedback and Bowen family systems theory. Neurofeedback is often thought of as a treatment for the individual and their symptoms, such as ADHD, seizures, and anxiety. Neurofeedback can also be integral to the process of differentiation of self. Our brains are regulating and are regulated by the emotional system of which we are a part. This conversation will explore the interplay between neurofeedback and differentiation of self, both conceptually and through application.


Priscilla J. Friesen, LCSW

Ms. Friesen was introduced to the ideas of Murray Bowen in graduate school in social work at the University of Kansas. She moved from Kansas to Washington, DC in 1978 to pursue her interest.

She became an administrative assistant in the Biofeedback Program developed by Dr. Lilian Rosenbaum and participated in the postgraduate training program. Her early exposure to biofeedback significantly influenced her understanding of Bowen theory and her early focus on the physiology of relationships.

She was appointed to the faculty in 1987. She was the director of the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Applications from 1990-2003. In 1994, she expanded her clinical work to include neurofeedback. This led her into the study of evolution and the development of the brain as well as how the brain, mind, and relationships operate in synchrony.

In 2005, she co-founded The Learning Space, a conceptual place where individuals have an opportunity to experience and challenge themselves in relationships through the integration of Bowen theory and neurofeedback.

In 2012, Ms. Friesen and Kathleen Wiseman created a program designed for experienced business professionals, consultants, and responsible family members. This program integrates Bowen theory and neurofeedback to challenge people to be more of a self in their family and work settings.

Ms. Friesen is also active on the Board of Leaders for Tomorrow, the organization responsible for making the Bowen Archives available to the world.