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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Exploring Family of Origin and the use of Family Diagram in clinical practice


This workshop explores the use of the family diagram in clinical practice as a way to gather facts and information about a client’s family of origin. The workshop draws on a Bowen Theory approach to explore the multigenerational emotional process that occurs in family relationships, and considers how an approach of utilising a broader intergenerational perspective on clinical presentations can enhance clinical work.


  • To gain insight into some of the theoretical underpinnings of the family diagram.
  • To explore how the family diagram and genogram is utilised on Bowen family systems practice.
  • To think about distinctives of a Bowen approach to other ways of exploring family of origin


  • Brief review
    • The emotional system
    • The Multigenerational Emotional Process
  • The Family Diagram 
    • What data do we record
    •  Brief review of theory relevant to the family diagram: Life Forces, Emotional patterns 
  • Theory view on symptoms
  • Tracking of patterns and symbols in a family diagram to assess a family’s levels of differentiation
  • The Family Diagram: opening the view to a systems perspective


Professionals who work with families such as counsellors, social workers, psychotherapists, school personnel, welfare officers and those interested in Bowen Theory.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fees  (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002527, End date of approval: 27 Jul 2022)  up to $69 subsidy



Ms Lily Mailer is a registered psychologist whose work as a therapist is informed by her rich work experience and continued efforts to apply a Family Systems perspective to her personal and professional life. Over the past 30 years and before joining the FSI, Lily worked with Individuals, couples and families in a wide variety of contexts. She was involved in projects addressing issues such as: migrants and occupational health; mental health; domestic violence; anger management as well as parenting education. She has also worked with the aged and their carers addressing stress related issues. During her time as a relationship counsellor at Centacare, Broken Bay, she worked in conjunction with the mediation team assisting with Child Inclusive mediations and running parenting groups for separating parents.

Lily has been studying and applying Bowen Theory for over 15 years. She is an active faculty member at the Family Systems Institute. She conducts a variety of workshops aimed at health professionals, as well as running discussion groups and supervision sessions for certificate candidates. Lily is a General Registration, Psychology Board of Australia, approved supervisor


Alicia Loy

6593 5287

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Course Schedule

Dates TBA
Timing 9.30am - 12.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms Lily Mailer
Venue(s) Online via Zoom