The Bowen Center offers a broad range of training opportunities from the introductory level to advanced seminars. Programs are listed below.

About the Training Programs

Progress toward a science of human behavior is an underlying goal of all of the Center’s training programs. Bowen theory, grounded in years of research about human emotional functioning, postulates that to understand individual behavior it is necessary to understand the individual’s functioning in the relationship systems of which he or she is a part. The theory further postulates that members of human relationship systems mutually, subtly and automatically influence the behavior of members with whom they are in contact.

Emphasis in all programs is on self-learning, but the separate roles of teacher and learner are not mutually exclusive. Progress toward a science of human behavior is a journey of discovery on the part of both teacher and learner to master the known and identify and explore the unknown about human emotional functioning. Significant learning takes place in a relationship process in which the interactions between teacher and learner drive the pursuit of knowledge and the communication of ideas. Responsibility for learning rests upon each and the insights from Bowen theory guide the process of learning.

Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Its Applications

For professionals in the fields of psychiatry, counseling, education, ministry, research and organizational consulting.

An Online Introduction to Bowen Theory and Its Applications

For people who do not have access to local training and are motivated to consider Bowen theory as an alternative to conventional approaches to solving problems in families, organizations, or society.

Bowen Theory in Organizations

For those interested in the skilled application of Bowen theory to business and organizational
leadership. Participants work to advance their use of theory, their management of self, and their skill in bettering the performance of those they coach, lead, or advise. This is a monthly web-based learning exchange. Read more under the Training tab of our website.

The Internship Program

For individuals who have completed a year in the Postgraduate Program to gain experience through referrals from the Clinic, supervision by a faculty member, and participation in the Postgraduate Program in the clinical application of Bowen theory.

Postgraduate Research Seminars

Intensive, advanced work in Bowen family systems theory for those who have completed at least three years of the Postgraduate Program.