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


Dates: Sept 2023-June 2024
Times: Tuesdays for 4 hours (which includes 2 hours of group supervision) and one evening a month for a 3-hour clinical meeting. Trainees may begin seeing clients in December.

Supervision: Weekly 2-hour group supervision (outlined above) and up to 16 hours of individual supervision sessions, depending on caseload.
Location: Online using Zoom
Tuition: $2,000

Program OutlineClick here.

Program Description

The program is designed to provide a thorough introduction to Bowen family systems theory and contributes to students becoming competent relationship, family, and clinical counsellors, school counsellors, pastoral counsellors and social workers.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide the trainee with a thorough 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

Tuition Payment Option

The tuition for the first year is $2,000. A $200 deposit is due three weeks prior to the start of the program. $1,000 is due on the first day of class and the remaining $800 is due on December 15th.

“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.


Katie White, Devana Weiss, Leila Howard,

Lois Walker, and Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford

Meet the faculty here

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: a fillable PDF or Word document.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are either 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, and the applicant demonstrates 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. We thank the BC Gaming Commission, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, City of New Westminster, Individual donors and our members for their support.