A Systems Model for Family Assessment

Saturday, May 1, 2021
9:15am-1:30pm (PST)
with Dr. Barbara Laymon

Conference Sponsored by Living Systems Counselling

Conference Details

Are you working hard to apply family systems theory in clinical practice? The Systems Model for Family Assessment (SMFA) may help! The SMFA consolidates Bowen Theory in five dimensions. These dimensions can be applied to the family, the work setting, and/or to assess one’s own work as a therapist in clinical practice. The day will include theoretical presentations and time for discussion across the day.

Date: May 1st, 2021 (Saturday)
Speakers: Barbara Laymon, PhD.
Location: Online,  via Zoom meeting

Who should attend?

This conference is designed for mental health professionals. This includes but is not limited to: family therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, clergy, and other mental health clinicians. Graduate students are especially welcome.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the five dimensions of the Systems Model for Family Assessment (SMFA)
  • Assess client family functioning through the SMFA
  • Use the SMFA as a guide to self-assessment in clinical practice
  • Apply aspects of the SMFA to the work environment

A Letter of Attendance is available upon request for those that have their video enabled for the entire conference.

Conference Speaker

Barbara Laymon, PhD, MPH is a faculty member and a clinical associate at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. Her educational background includes a PhD from Loyola University, Baltimore, and an MPH from the University of South Carolina. Licensed as a professional counselor in MD and DC, she enjoys reflecting with her clients about family emotional processes.

The Systems Model for Family Assessment

The Family Assessment Model was originally proposed by Dr Papero as a way to think about one’s work with a client.   It describes five “dimensions”  that can be used to organize ones thinking and questioning during a client session.   It describes different aspects of functioning on continua.   It is not a “diagnostic instrument” but a useful conceptual framework that aligns with Bowen Family Systems Theory.   For more background, you may purchase Dr. Papero’s article that describes this model  “Developing a Systems Model for Family Assessment” click here.

Enroll in the conference today

Note – this is a TWO step process:
1. To register for the conference please click here.
(Registration is used to send you the zoom link.)

2. To pay for the conference please use the payment below.

– Non-member fee $95
– Living Systems Society Member’s fee* $70
– Group fee (3 or more from the same agency) $80
– Full-time student fee $70
– Recording Only fee $95

Individual Fee Option
Registration EMAIL

Registration fee is refundable less $20 before April 15th and only refundable $20 after April 15th for emergency purposes as defined by Living Systems.

*To enroll as a Living Systems Member please click here.

Can’t Attend? – Get the recording.

If you can’t attend you can still get the recording!   Use the Recorded Session option when you pay for the conference.  You will be contacted once the recording is available.   You MUST still register to insure we have your contact information.

Sign up for our Conference and Courses email list.

Sign Up Now

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 counselling for family, couples, addiction, mental health issues. 9 locations in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. We thank the BC Gaming Commission, District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, Individual donors and our members for their support.

209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 1T7

Telephone: 604.926.5496…….Email: info@livingsystems.ca