Please Note: The months of February and March are not part of the Clinical Conference Series, and are not included in the Entire Conference Series or the Four-Conference Package. View the Faith Leadership Conference page for the meeting in March.


The Clinical Conferences are designed to assist professional people in the pursuit of clinical excellence. Using presentations, videotaped interviews with family members, and ample discussion time, the conferences illustrate the interplay of theory and technique for a variety of human issues. The goals of each conference are to illustrate the application of Bowen theory in practice and to enhance people’s understanding of differentiation of self.

Format of the Day
Each month, a different faculty member is responsible for the program and selects a topic of his or her own professional interest. The format of the day includes a lecture on a particular theme followed by videotaped clinical sessions that illustrate the topic. After each presentation there is ample time for discussion and participation by the registrants. The format with its changing topics provides an opportunity to hear different perspectives on Bowen theory applied to a broad range of clinical problems.

The Conference Series began in January 1967 as a monthly videotaped interview project with families seen by Murray Bowen at the Medical College of Virginia. He pioneered the use of videotape in family therapy and saw its potential for teaching and enhancing the therapeutic process. In 1978 the project moved to Washington under the auspices of the Georgetown University Family Center. Gradually, responsibility for the conference was transferred to the faculty of the Family Center. The long, continuous history and the unusual format of videotaping families who are invited to the clinical day make this conference unique in the world of family theory and family psychotherapy.

Who Will Benefit
The Clinical Conference is designed for mental health professionals and other professionals with postgraduate training. This includes but is not limited to: psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, clergy, and other mental health clinicians. Graduate students are especially welcome.