Study Group on “Death and Chronic Illness in the Family” (Edited by Peter Titelman & Sydney K. Reed, 2018)

The study group is a self-learning group to enhance understanding of Bowen theory by reading designated texts on Bowen theory. This study group will read the book edited by Dr. Peter Titelman and Ms. Syndey K. Reed, Death and Chronic Illness in the Family (2019). The book comprises 4 parts, 1. Bowen Theory perspectives on Death in the Family, 2. Death in the Therapist’s Own Family, 3. Chronic Illness in the Therapist’s Own Family and 4. Death in Clinical Practice.  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.  Participants will take turns to present.


The study group is not a substitute for formal training in Bowen theory.
Participants should undergo formal training in Bowen theory, supplemented by reading or joining study groups.



  • to promote self-learning of Bowen theory
  • to promote understanding of Bowen theory’s perspective regarding death and chronic illness in the family
  • to promote participants’ initiative to identify concepts of interest or of challenge to self
  • to enhance integration of the theory



Course Code: SG-DCI 01/20 SG-DCI 02/20
Date & Time: Batch 1:  (study Part II, Chapters 5-9)
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020 (Mon)
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Batch 2: (Study Part IV, Chapters 14-18)
Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020 & Jan 4, 2021 (Mon)
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Fee: HK$150 / session (COF Membership: HK$130 / session)
HK$720 / 5 sessions (COF Membership: HK$620 / 5 sessions)
Venue: International Social Service Hong Kong Branch, 6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Target: Participants should have had basic training in Bowen theory.
Facilitator: Ms. Berenice Lee, M. Counselling
Language: Cantonese



You may download the application form as below, or proceed for online enrollment. 

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