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Module B: Journey into Family of Origin

This is a small group of 5 to 6 members. Members will learn to apply the concepts of Bowen theory to understanding the relationship patterns in their family of origin and extended families, their own functioning patterns, and emotional triggers. Members will learn to take steps to change undesirable behavioral patterns and define self in their important relationships.



  • To learn to do research on their families.
  • To understand the functioning patterns of oneself, and the prominent relationship patterns, themes, and significant events of one’s multigenerational family system.
  • To understand the impact of anxiety and reciprocity on self and the multigenerational family system.
  • To learn strategies and steps to define self in the multigenerational family system.



Each session will consist of presentation by 2 to 3 members on their family of origin. Members will learn to conduct research on their families, gather facts, and conceptualize the facts according to the framework of Bowen theory. The instructor will demonstrate by presenting her own family of origin at the first session. The instructor will ask questions and give feedback to the presenters. Members learn from hearing the presentations, the feedback of the instructors and other members, as well as from own self – reflection, and undertaking practical steps for self-change.


Course Code:  JF 04/20
Date & Time: Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, & 20, 2020 (Thurs)

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

(6 sessions, 18 hours)

Fee: HKD $3,800  (COF Membership: HKD $3,610)
Venue: International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, 6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Target: Helping professionals and anyone interersted in personal and family betterment
Instructor: Ms Berenice Lee   M. Counselling
Language: Cantonese supplemented with English



Ms. Berenice Lee     M. Counselling

Ms. Berenice Lee first learned about Bowen family systems theory in her Master of Counselling course in Australia in 2006. She has been an active participant in various courses, workshops and conferences with ISSFI since 2010. She is a member of the ISSFI Circle of Friends (COF) Think Tank right from the start and has helped to organize programs for the Circle of Friends and Bowen Theory Conferences in many ways.


Berenice holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Master of Arts in American Literature and Culture and Master of Counselling. She specializes in marital and family relationship counseling, parental guidance, personal coaching, psychotherapy for individuals, and workplace dynamics. She has a private practice in Hong Kong and uses Bowen theory as her framework that a person’s understanding of the effects of reciprocity will bring about a significant change for one’s whole family and the workplace.




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