This paper presents a preliminary description of A Transpersonal Feminist Approach to Family
Systems (ATFAFS) as taught at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) between 1995
and 2002. In this approach, students studied the principles of Murray Bowen’s family systems
theory with attention to feminist revisions of the theory while simultaneously investigating
their own multigenerational family histories. Additionally, students kept a journal, recorded
and worked with their dreams, and worked with a chosen creative expressive modality. They
may also have worked with other transpersonal modalities. Student narratives, informed by
organic inquiry, illustrate aspects of the approach. The paper concludes with a detailed look
at students’ perceived benefits and drawbacks of the approach.
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Lazarus, I. S. (2010). Lazarus, I. (2010). A transpersonal feminist approach to family systems. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(2), 121-136.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29 (2). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/ijts-transpersonalstudies/vol29/iss2/11