Clinical Internship in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Therapy – Year One

Clinical Internship Program Details

Dates: Sept 2024-June 2025
Times: Tuesdays for 4 hours, which includes two hours of group supervision and 2 hours of training. Students may see clients as early as November.
Supervision: Weekly 2-hour group supervision (outlined above) and individual supervision hours based on caseload.
Location: Online using Zoom with the opportunity to see clients in person.
Tuition: $2,700
– Master’s degree students with practicum requirements receive a $700 scholarship towards tuition.
– See Program Outline for Tuition Payment Option.

Program Outline: click here.

Find out more at our Open House Zoom event: click here.

Program Description

The design of the clinical internship program provides a thorough introduction to Bowen family systems theory. This contributes to students becoming competent relationship, family, and clinical counsellors, school counsellors, pastoral counsellors and social workers.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide an introduction to systems thinking from the perspective of Bowen Theory, its methods, and techniques.
  • To apply the theory to efforts in one’s own family, in clinical work and, when applicable, in the workplace.
  • To relate Bowen Theory to knowledge from the natural sciences and to theological understanding.
  • To introduce trainees to systems research.

“The theory postulates that far more human activity is governed by man’s (sic) emotional system than he has been willing to admit, and there is far more similarity than dissimilarity between the “dance of life” in lower forms and the “dance of life” in human forms.”

Murray Bowen, M.D. from Family Therapy in Clinical Practice.
You can learn more about Bowen Family Systems Theory here and here.


Katie White, Devana Weiss, Leila Howard,

Lois Walker, and Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford

Meet the faculty here

Clinical Internship Program Application Form

We accept applications on May 1st, and interviews will begin in June. We accept final applications by August 1st and interviews will be complete by early September.

Application Form: use either of these forms: fillable PDF or Word document.

Clinical Internship Policies with Student Statement of Rights, Harassment Policy and Dispute Resolution Policy are here.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are enrolled in a Masters Degree in Counselling, Social Sciences or a related field, or are a member in good standing with a professional counselling or social work association.

In addition, the applicant shows a combination of life and work experience that, in the faculty’s judgement, will enable them to function successfully in the program. See the full description of the application requirements as outlined in the application form.

Contact information

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    Living Systems Counselling is a registered society, charity# 107784308RR001. We are a leading provider of counselling, training, education, and research-based on Bowen family systems theory. We offer individual, couple, and family counselling for a wide range of relationship and mental health issues in a variety of locations in the Lower Mainland.

    Living Systems thanks the BC Gaming Commission, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, City of New Westminster, individual donors, and our members for their support.