Applying Bowen Theory to Cases of Substance Use in Families

Workshop Details

Dates:  One 7-hour session, Date TBD
Times:  9:00–4:00 pm Pacific time, with a 30-minute lunch break
Location: Online video presentation
Price: $135 per person

Workshop Overview

This workshop aims to support Bowen Family Systems students and practitioners in their thinking and work with substance use in families. I will introduce participants to modern substance use models and theories, including the socio-ecological model and the substance use spectrum, and consider how one might integrate a family systems approach with this current thinking. I will also discuss the importance of language in working with such cases and how clinicians can think about and observe their own reactivity to families with substance use concerns. Further, I will share applications of my own clinical work with exemplary cases for discussion.

Admission Requirements

A basic understanding of Bowen Family Systems Theory and the core concepts is advised. An overview of Bowen theory is beyond the workshop’s scope.

Catriona Remocker is a public health professional and a Registered Clinical Counsellor.  She began studying Bowen Family Systems Theory in 2014 and has applied the theory in her professional work and with her own family for the last ten years. She earned a master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto in 2012 and spent nine years employed in projects related to substance use and alcohol culture in post-secondary institutions with the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. Two years of her Ph.D. studies focused on integrating BFST into substance use interventions. She authored the resource “Substance Use and Young People: A Guide for Families and their Caring Communities.”

Who is the workshop for:

This workshop is suitable for individuals studying Bowen Theory, clinicians, and practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide an overview of leading substance use theories and models
  • To consider how one might apply Bowen Family Systems thinking to families experiencing significant substance use challenges and managing oneself in relation to the family system
  • To consider applications of this thinking to various real clinical case studies of families in clinical practice



For inquiries, or to get on the waitlist, please email

Important – this in-person workshop has limited seating.


A refund is available before September 30th, minus a $30.00 administrative fee. There are no refunds after Sept. 30th unless for an emergency, as determined by Living Systems.

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.

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