ISS Family Institute


2nd International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory May 17-19, 2018

Feedback from Attendees:

 "A very warm welcoming to all! Thank you for all your hard work re the Conference. It was so well organized and so graciously done. My thinking re Bowen theory was further enhanced and I really enjoyed the entire event."  -  Susan Higginbotham, Canada

 "Well, when you have two international conferences, then it really does seem to move from a great idea to the realm of the official! I’m very grateful to Jim for having mentioned the conference to me back in January. I am currently sipping on my Hanghzou West Lake Longjin green tea and feeling deeply grateful for such a fantastic learning experience. Looking forward to hearing some of the best thinking in Sweden;)"   -  Allison Whitney, U.S.A.

"Indeed a fruitful event in which I can listen to so many experts in Bowen Theory sharing their research findings.  This 3-day conference has given me motivation to start reading more on Bowen Theory.  It will be a lifelong learning and practice."  -  Winnie Wan, Hong Kong 

2nd International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory May 17-19, 2018

Feedback from Speakers:

  • Your volunteers were so well-organized and so helpful and cheerful.
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic was a marvelous venue.
  •  All the side trips planned were not only interesting, but it gave the participants extra time to be together, have fun and learn more.
  • The Park Hotel was really an excellent choice!  Clean, comfortable, good food and very nice and helpful staff
  • The Welcoming dinners were lovely and such a nice thing to do to gather people as they arrive.
  • The closing ceremony was smart --- I loved your creativity with the passing of the beautiful baton with the inscription of Bowen’s Giving the Theory to the World.
  • The Opening Ceremony with the puzzle was very clever and creative too.  It was impressive that so many people were involved in making the conference possible.
  • The closing dinner was lots of fun --- a wedding feast --- and all the music was a treat.
  • The keynote speakers were well-chosen.
  • The topic of the Conference:  Systems Thinking in Daily Life and the breadth and dkepth of the range of presentations to choose from were excellent.  The only problem there is the overlap of interesting presentations at the same time.  I think the way around that is to have all presentations available for people to see at a later date.  My understanding is that you have done that too!  -   Selden Dunbar Illick
2nd International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory May 17-19, 2018

Feedback from Speakers:

"This conference was informative to many who came in Hong Kong, and it was also an inspiration to many of the US participants. They were able to hear one another present and to have an interchange with other Bowen thinkers from around the world. I cannot think of anything I could suggest for changing the format except having a little more time between sessions. The number of sponsors, supporting organizations, and different disciplines that brought people to the conference was broad and diverse. Attracting people from 14 countries and cities was impressive. I hope we can use the contacts from this conference to help build stronger Bowen organizations in other countries."  -  Anne McKnight


 "I think the conference was extraordinary It certainly exceeded any expectations I had had and they were already high. The organization and setting for the conference were among the best I have experienced. You arranged for so many details which made participation very easy...The volunteers were always available and very helpful.

It is too early to say what the long term impact on Bowen theory the conference will have. I can't help but think that a . such as the one you planned will raise the profile of the theory. I would guess that a few individuals will take the theory on as a long term effort and perhaps contribute to the theory. I certainly believe that Bowen theory can make a difference in the world."  -  Robert Noone


"I also want to let you know how much I enjoyed the conference. I was so impressed by the level of engagement and curiousity I encountered at every presentation. It was apparent to me that your effort to bring Bowen Theory to Asia and others on your side of the globe has been very effective. I returned to the U.S. with a renewed energy to continue applying the theory."  -  Laura Brooks