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Our History

2002
October 5

Establishment of the ISS Family Institute

The ISS Family Instiute was set up. to enhance family and individual functioning through programmes guided by Bowen family systems theory.

Appreciation was due to Wofoo Foundation Ltd.  for the partnership and generous support.offered to the ISS Family Institue.

2005
November 1

Renaming to ISS Wofoo Family Institute

The Family Institute was renamed as, ISS Wofoo Family Institute, to signify the support of the Wofoo Social Enterprises for the Family Institute.

2010
February 26

The Development and Validation of the Chinese Version of the Differentiation of Self Inventory (C-DSI)

This inventory was translated into Chinese from the Differentiation of Self Inventory (DSI-R) with permission from Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, its originator. The Validation work was sponsored by the Wofoo Social Enterprises.

April 23

A Series of Lectures and Workshops on Bowen Family Systems Theory

This is the 1st conference organized by the Family Institute.Michael E. Kerr, MD,  was the speaker.

2012
June 28

Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications

The is the 2nd conference organized by the Family Institute. Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW,  was the speaker.

June 28

Circle of Friends

This membership system of the ISS Family Institute was initiated to promote interest in Bowen theory and the practice of it in daily life.

2013
November 21

Conference on Family and Bowen Family Systems Theory – Healthy Families, Healthy Society – embracing Difference, Building Connections

This is the 3rd conference organized by the Family Institute. The Keynote Speakers were:

Anne S. McKnight, LCSW, EdD

Joyce Ma Lai-chong, PhD, RSW.

2014
September 6

Professional Training Programme in Bowen Family Systems Theory & Therapy (PTP) 2014-16

This is a 2-year training programme for in-depth study of Bowen theory and its applications. This Programme started its first batch of students.

November 9

Participation in the Bowen Network

Mrs. Peggy Chan, Director of ISS Family Institute, joined the Network Program for the Advancement of Bowen Theory as a member on behalf of the ISS Family Institute.  The Network Program works aims to promote better teaching and learning of Bowen theory around the world.

2015
June 25

Bowen Theory Conference -The Ties that Bind 血脈相連情相依

This is the 4th Conference organized by the Family Institute. The speaker was Kathleeen B. Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS

October 31

Bowen Theory in Parenting -presentation in Taiwan conference

Mrs. Peggy Chan presented at a Conference in Taiwan organized by the Taiwan Association for Marriage and Family Counseling.

2016
August 2

Publication of 《一個家庭的故事:博域理論入門》(Chinese translated version of the book, One Family’s Story: A Primer on Bowen Theory)

  • The 1st International Conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Mrs. Peggy Chan was a plenary speaker at the Conference, presenting, “Learning and Teaching Bowen Theory in the Context of the Chinese Culture – Resources and Challenges”
  • 5 students of the Family Institute also attended the Conference.
September 3

Professional Training Programme in Bowen Family Systems Theory – Continuing Study (PTP-CS) 2016-17

This is a continuous in-depth training programme on Bowen theory for  students who graduated from the 2 year Professional Training Programme in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Therapy

September 24

Professional Training Programme in Bowen Family Systems Theory& Therapy (PTP) 2016-18

The 2nd batch of this 2-year training program started.

2018
May 17

2nd International Conference on Bowen Family Systems Theory

This is the 5th conference organized by the ISS Family Institute. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University was a co-organizer of the Conference. The Conference was a great success, attended by more than 300 delegates from 14 countries and cities.

September 29

Professional Training Programme in Bowen Family Systems Theory & Therapy (PTP) 2018-20

The 3rd batch of this 2-year training program started.

September 29

Bowen Theory Conference – Defining Self in Your Family of Origin在原生家庭中勾畫出自我, and Workshop, “Polarization and a Healthier Society”

This is the 6th conference organized by the ISS Family Institute.  The speaker was Ronald W. Richardson, DMin

2019
October 26

2nd Family Systems Symposium – “Bowen Theory in a Changing World”

Mrs. Peggy Chan and 5 students of the Family Institute presented on the practice of Bowen theory in daily life and professional work.

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