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Growing Up when Faced with Death in the Family


Death in the family can be a highly anxious time for everyone within its relationship network.  The impact of such a stressful event can either make or break a person as well as causing ripple effects across the network. Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a mindset to help us understand why some people find it difficult to get over the grieving process while others can use this opportunity for growth. The theory also suggests why some families become worse off after the loss of a family member while others can continue as usual without much adverse effects. This course will look at ways where we canlearn to grow up from such an emotionally difficult time and halt any adverse effects from perpetuating further down the family line.  


  1. To learn effective ways of dealing with anxiety especially in times of managing a loss in the family.
  2. To enhance the capacity to differentiate self from the anxiety within the family and manage the ripple effects across its members and generations.



Course Code: GD 01/18
Date & Time: August 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2018 (Thurs)  6:45 pm- 9:45 pm


International Social Service Hong Kong Branch 6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Fee: $2,400  (COF: $2,300)

Ms. Berenice Lee     M. Counselling

Berenice first learned about Bowen family systems theory in her Master of Counselling course in Australia in 2006. She has been an active participant in various courses, workshops and conferences with ISSFI since 2010. She is a member of the ISSFI Circle of Friends (COF) Think Tank right from the start and has helped to organize programs for the Circle of Friends and Bowen Theory Conferences in many ways.

Berenice holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Master of Arts in American Literature and Culture and Master of Counselling. She specializes in marital and family relationship counseling, parental guidance, personal coaching, psychotherapy for individuals, and workplace dynamics. She has a private practice in Hong Kong and uses Bowen theory as her framework that a person’s understanding of the effects of reciprocity will bring about a significant change for one’s whole family and the workplace. 


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