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Module A: Basic Course in Bowen Family Systems Theory (BC 45/20)

Bowen family systems theory, developed by Dr. Murray Bowen, provides a comprehensive framework to understanding human behavior and relationships. It helps us understand the emotional processes of our family systems, the impact of our emotional interdependency on one another, and the automatic emotional patterns of behavior amongst family members.

The theory provides a blue print to lead a functional life and solve problems in our relationships, through knowledge of how the emotional system operates, and managing self effectively in our relationship systems. It is also very useful for conceptualization of clinical cases which greatly improves therapeutic outcomes.

The theory highlights the development of the differentiation of self which is the capacity of an individual to undertake thoughtful and responsible actions for self and also for his/her group even in face of emotional pressure. It is a very important quality for problem-solving, resilience, and functional interpersonal relationships.

The theory has been applied to a wide variety of situations and settings such as work-place relationships, organizational management, mental health, church congregations and pastoral care, besides family life.

  • To provide introduction to the basic concepts of the Bowen theory
  • To enhance awareness and application of systems thinking to our life
  • To facilitate participants to learn to define self, and to practice being a “responsible self” in relationships
  • To facilitate conceptualization of clinical cases
  • Family as an emotional system
  • Chronic and acute anxiety
  • The two life forces – the force towards togetherness and the force towards individuality
  • The eight emotional processes
  • Differentiation of self, Triangles, Nuclear Family Emotional Process, Family Projection Process, Multigenerational Transmission Process, Emotional Cut-off, Sibling position and Societal Emotional Process.
  • Defining a self in the systems and learning to think systems
Course Code:   BC 45/20 (Cantonese)
Date & Time:  Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, 17 & Jan 7 & 14, 2020 (Thursday)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(6 evenings, total: 18 hours)
Fee: HKD $4,000  (COF Membership: HKD $3,800)
Venue: International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, 6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, hong Kong.
Target: Helping professionals and anyone interersted in personal and family betterment
Instructor: Ms. Berenice Lee
Language: Cantonese



Ms. Berenice Lee     M. Counselling

Ms. Berenice Lee 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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