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4th Family Systems Symposium
Transforming Family Systems: Navigating Change and Growth
June 22, 2024 (Sat)
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

B) 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Afternoon presentations & Panel Discussions (Cantonese)

Presentation 5
4:05 pm

Less is More – Exploring the Essence of Minimalism ("断舍离")
through the Lens of Bowen Theory

In this presentation, we delve into the principles of Minimalism as a lifestyle philosophy deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Emphasizing simplicity, functionality, and the elimination of clutter, Minimalism aligns with traditional Japanese aesthetics to foster serene and harmonious environments. This philosophy extends beyond the mere reduction of physical possessions, advocating for a mindful and focused approach to living that prioritizes experiences and relationships over materialistic pursuits. Our exploration seeks to examine the essence of Japanese Minimalism through the lens of Bowen Theory, specifically focusing on the concepts of separateness. By doing so, we aim to illuminate how this philosophy not only influences art, design, and architecture globally but also promotes a sustainable, efficient, and deeply connected way of life for people to achieve better differentiation of self. This presentation will provide insights into the transformative potential of Minimalism, offering a comprehensive understanding of its impact on both personal well-being and environmental connection

Dr. Renee CHIU (趙千嵐博士), PhD, RSW

Dr. Renee Chiu is a registered social worker and family counsellor who is currently serving as a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Chiu is well-known for her expertise in family counselling and her use of Bowen theory in clinical practice. She is also a member of the teaching faculty at the ISS Family Institute of the International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. Her commitment to the field is exemplified by her membership as an Associate Fellow, Accredited Supervisor, and Certified Counsellor of the Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association (HKPCA).
Dr. Chiu strives for professional development and continuously integrates creative methods in counselling and training to help individuals and families confront issues such as mental health concerns and trauma.

Fee (whole day) :

Student price: 400 /person (Please upload relevant student ID document through online enrollment form)
Regular : HK$800 /person
COF: HK$760 /person
Group of two persons (Accompany Discount Package) : HK$700 /person


Hybrid (online + in-person)

Venue: Multi- function Room, 7/F, Building 19W, 19 Science Park West Avenue, Hong Kong Science Park, Pak Shek Kok, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong (香港沙田白石角香港科學園科技大道西19號19W大樓7樓多功能廳) 

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