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Using Family Diagrams for Expanding Context and Informing Diagnosis

Start Date:10/21/2020

Start Time:1:00 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


This webinar will show how placing symptoms in their family/ social context informs diagnostic work and treatment directions in various clinical settings. We will describe how to construct a family diagram, a tool for assessing and recording significant contextual information.

Webinar Summary:
  • Brief outline of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) a practice-based framework that moves beyond the cause and effect thinking that pervades the clinical arena at this time.  Highlight specific concepts that support social workers' practice.
  • Describe and reflect on the construction of a family diagram, a skill for exploring a client's social relationships across time. Outline key 

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Annemieke Vink


Anne Pirie

Anne Pirie MSW, is a registered member of New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, living in Sackville, NB. Anne has worked in various clinical settings: mental health, hospitals, family services, child protection. Bowen Family Systems Theory informed her practice of family therapy and group work, her understanding of her own family and intergenerational gatherings. Anne is actively retired; now engaged in non-profit organizations and is committed to life-long learning.

Jim Morton

Jim Morton MSW, is a registered member of Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. He lives in Kentville, NS. He has interests in mental health, family systems theory, politics, and social change. After a decade of practicing and teaching family therapy, he explored Bowen Family Systems and discovered a new way of thinking. Jim is enjoying retirement and appreciating the opportunity it brings to more actively participate in the work of NSCSW, his community and to further explore his own family connections.