Training & Courses

Training Programmes

Study Group on “Everything isn’t Terrible”


The study group is a self-learning group to enhance understanding and practice of Bowen theory. This study group will read Dr. Kathleen Smith’s new book, “Everything Isn’t Terrible”. which is a very practical, and easy-to-read text on Bowen theory with rich case illustrations, useful questions for self-reflection and engaging, actionable exercises to integrate the learning . There is also a Chinese version of the book. The book comprises 4 parts (18 chapters):

1. Your anxious self

2. Your anxious relationships

3. Your anxious career

4. Your anxious world


Participants will take turns to facilitate the group discussion.

Participants may present a summary of the reading, or a specific concept / emotional process found in the reading, or a case that reflects some specific issue / concept covered in the reading.


The study group is not a substitute for formal training in Bowen theory.

Learners should undergo formal training in Bowen theory, supplemented by reading or joining study groups.



· to promote self-learning of Bowen theory

· to promote participants’ initiative to identify concepts of interest or of challenge to self

· to enhance integration of the theory



Course Code:

SG-EIT 01/24

Date & Time:

[Revised schedule]
Apr 13, May 4, Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, 2024
Another session will be added in Nov, 2024.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (8 monthly sessions)


Regular: HK$980
COF Membership: HK$930


Zoom (Online)


Anyone interested in Bowen theory, or in enhancing self functioning and relationships.


Cantonese supplemented with English

Group members will take turn to facilitate the group and lead the discussion.


Mrs. Peggy Chan is presently Director of Programme, ISS Family Institute, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. Mrs. Peggy Chan started her study of Bowen theory in the early 1990s in Vancouver. She continues her study of Bowen theory by attending the Postgraduate Program on Bowen Family Systems theory and Its Applications at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington DC, U.S.A. from 2008-2013, and the Bowen Center’s Research Seminar group since 2013. She is a member of the Bowen Center’s Network Program for the Advancement of the Bowen Theory since Nov. 2014. She collaborates with other Bowen theory training centres worldwide to promote better teaching and learning of Bowen theory. She was a plenary speaker at the First International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory, Pittsburgh, U.S.A., in August 2015.  Besides conducting training programmes on Bowen theory in Hong Kong, she has presented at conferences and workshops in China, Taiwan, and U.S.A. Working closely with non-governmental organizations, she conducts programmes for parents of school children and substance abusers based on Bowen theory.

Mrs. Peggy Chan was trained as a social worker (B.Soc.Sc., HKU), and counselor (M.Ed., U. of Toronto) before her family systems training. She has over 20 years of experience counseling individuals and families, conducting clinical supervision, and training professionals. Her areas of specialization include marital and women‘s issues, sexual issues, loss and grief, parent-child relationship difficulties, and cultural adaptation. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor of the University of Hong Kong, teaching and supervising M.Soc.Sc. (Counselling) students since 2002. She is Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association, and also Approved Supervisor of the Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association.