Bowen Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy

Presenter: Christine Senediak

This online module provides participants with a solid understanding of both Bowen Family System and Narrative Therapy.

Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) is an intergenerational approach to family therapy that emphasises the importance of a therapist understanding his/her own background when working with families. This online module explores the 8 key concepts of BFST and provides participants with a thorough knowledge of how to apply BSFT with a client or a family. Bowen family systems theory analyses human behaviour viewing the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions within the unit. It explores how a change in one person’s functioning predictably follows reciprocal changes in the functioning of others.  The goal of this module is to enhance your systemic perspective of human relationships applying Bowen theory in clinical work.

Narrative Therapy is a respectful and non-blaming approach to therapy that centres people as experts in their lives. This online module focuses on ways of externalizing the problem, so it seen as a separate from the person. Participants will develop a thorough knowledge of how to apply this model therapy in practice. Narrative therapy has a special relevance and application for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and populations where storytelling is central for defining personal identity. It has also been widely used with persons experiencing serious mental health issues like trauma, violence and abuse, self-harm, eating disorders and hearing voices in psychosis.

The module consists of 6 self-paced sections and includes video demonstration, practical examples, reflective tasks, readings and a short quiz. The course is suitable for health and welfare professionals who currently or intend to work with families. It is anticipated that the module will take 8-10 Hours.

This eLearning course is delivered via an independent online learning platform with all-inclusive learning materials and resources.

This module also forms part of the 6 module “Core Skills in Family Therapy” E-Learning Course.


Christine Senediak BA.(Hons), M.Psychol (Clin), M.Family Therapy is Principal Director of Clinical Supervision Services and Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute and has over 35 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist, educator and supervisor. She has a strong interest in evidence-based practice and systems theory and integrates this in her work as therapist, educator and supervisor. She supervises widely providing individual, peer, group and organisational supervision to psychiatrists, psychologists and other health clinicians working in child, adolescent and family services, schools, adult mental health, drug health, gambling, sexual assault, cross cultural and trauma services. Christine has trained as a systemic family therapist, which influences her approach to clinical supervision where the wider context is considered in understanding the development and maintenance of problems in clinical presentations. She employs a reflective practice approach to supervision enhancing self-awareness of relational issues between therapist, client and systems. Christine incorporates elements of systemic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and person-centred therapies in supervision and training.

Enrol anytime - You have 12 months to access the course materials.

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This event counts as 10 hours of category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.