The Bowen Center offers a wide variety of conferences and lectures, which are listed below. Most programs offer CEU/CE credits for counselor and social workers. To stay current on our meetings and programs, please sign up for our email newsletter. You may also like to visit The Bowen Center on Facebook.

Annual Symposium

The upcoming Symposium will be held on November 3-4, 2017.

Now entering its 54th year, the Annual Symposium brings together scientists and members of the Bowen network to present and discuss the latest research and ideas relating to Bowen theory. Each meeting includes a presentation by a Distinguished Guest Lecturer whose research is relevant to Bowen theory. Presentations and panel discussions on a variety of other topics complete this two-day meeting.

DVD sets and MP3 audio CDs for the 53rd Symposium are now available for purchase. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery of the Symposium DVD sets. Audiovisual materials from previous years are available on our online store.

Spring Conference

The upcoming Spring Conference will be held on April 21-22, 2017.

The Spring Conference focuses on a single concept related to Bowen theory. Guest scientists, researchers, and leaders in the study of family systems offer presentations related to the topic during this two-day conference. There is ample time for questions and discussion with the audience.

Our previous conference, The Impact of Death and Dying: Perspectives from Evolution, Resilience, and Family Systems, was held on April 15-16, 2016. DVD Sets and MP3s audio CDs are available for this and previous Spring Conferences on our online store.

Each year at the Spring Conference, the Caskie Research Fund Award is given to support an important research effort in Bowen theory.

Clinical Conference Series

The conference series will begin with its first meeting on October 7 entitled, The 2nd Annual Conference on: Bowen Theory and Its Applications: Emotional Process in Relationship Systems.

Please see our schedule for this year’s listing of presentations.

First begun in 1967 by Dr. Bowen, monthly Clinical Conferences combine presentations by Bowen Center faculty with videotaped clinical interviews with families they work with. Each conference has a specific focus. This highly regarded conference series offers stimulating learning opportunities for experienced clinicians, students, and those interested in better understanding Bowen theory’s application to the family.

Counseling CEs and Social Work CEUs are available. Registration discounts for students are also available. Registrants may elect to register for a single, package, or the entire conference series. Learn more about registration options on our fees page.

Thursday Professional Lectures

The Thursday Professional lectures are free and open to the public. They feature historians, scientists, and clinicians addressing a variety of topics. Ample opportunity for questions and discussion is allowed at the end of each presentation.

Conversations with the Faculty

Monthly webcasts of lectures developed by Bowen Center faculty members addresses topics related to their research and clinical focus, with the intention of stimulating thought and extending the basis for applications of Bowen family systems theory. Ample time is allowed to interact with both the presenter and other audience members.

Theory Meeting

By invitation only, bi-monthly meeting on the development of Bowen theory.