Bowen Theory and Meditation 2024

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The study group on Bowen Theory and Meditation is intended for individuals who already have knowledge of Bowen Theory, meditation or mindfulness, and seek to further their independent studies of these topics. While each member of the study group is on a self-directed learning path; the common theme in this study group is to understand how Bowen theory, science, and meditation and/or mindfulness practices (eastern and/or western) intersect, i.e., how they are similar, different and/or synergistic. The study group is for people interested in working on such ideas, and who would benefit from presenting their ideas and listening to the ideas of others.

History of the Study Group

At the 2016 Center for Family Consultation (CFC) Summer Conference, Bowen Theory and Mindfulness, six practitioners of Bowen Theory presented on commonalities and differences in these two bodies of knowledge, including the Bowen theory concepts of differentiation of self, and its core principle of chronic anxiety. The 2016 Summer Conference grew out of a CFC study group that began in 2014 and stimulated a thoughtful discussion among presenters, CFC faculty and the audience members. Continuing in 2017, and accepting new members, the study group expanded its general purpose “to examine mindfulness and meditation theory and practices through the lenses of Bowen Theory and science, including the applicable neuroscience”. Meeting via Zoom, the study group provides a forum for development, presentation, and discussion of individual study projects for professional use. In 2023, the members continued working on their projects and open membership in the study group to include others who may be interested in looking at mindfulness and meditation through the lens of Bowen theory and science.  This year (2024) CFC is offering CEU certification to interested participants.

Study Group Mission

To develop scholarly work that explores meditation and mindfulness through the lenses of Bowen theory and evidence-based science. The following are examples of the kind of questions that members are exploring: What is self? What is the relationship between meditation theory and practice and Bowen theory and practice? What does knowledge of meditation add to the exploration of the balance between individuality and togetherness forces? Can meditation contribute to our understanding of higher stages of differentiation of self? Can meditation traditions contribute to the development of Bowen theory? Can Bowen theory contribute to the development of meditation tradition/practices.

2024 Program Coordinators

CFC Faculty: Lisa Moss, Leslie Fox and Guest Coordinator: Marla Zipin

Operating Assumptions & Criteria for Participation in the Study Group

The group is a forum for those with a keen interest in the relationship between the theory and practice of Bowen theory and meditation, including their relationship to neuroscience. Each member will work toward defining a scholarly project for professional use or presentation in some format and forum. “Scholarly” work is defined as literature review, presentation and refining of ideas, writing, research, and the like. The study group meetings will be 90 minutes.

  • Meetings include either a one-hour keynote presentation and discussion period, or two 30-minute keynote presentations and discussion. Study Group Members are expected to volunteer to be presenters at least at one meeting each year.

    A keynote presenter will be responsible for the following:
  • Select a topic for their meeting
  • Identify and email the title of a reading assignment, or a link to an online article or video on the topic (10 pages or less) to the CFC faculty coordinators, along with a few prep questions on the reading one week prior to the meeting date.
  • A one-hour keynote presentation will include a 20 to 25 minutes of presentation on the topic followed by a 25-minute facilitated discussion.
  • A 30-minute keynote presentation will include a 10 to 15 minute presentation followed by a 15-minute discussion.
  • 25 to 30 minutes will be allotted at the end of each meeting for an open discussion facilitated by one of the program coordinators. It will be an opportunity for members to share new ideas, ask new questions of their peers, or for a brief check-in period in for any member who wants to reports on the status of their study projects, or respond to a “question of the month”.

Other operating assumptions:

  • Members will develop definitions of key terms from Bowen theory or meditation for themselves.
  • The meetings will not emphasize working towards consensus between members.

Auditing Option: For individuals interested in thinking more about how Bowen theory, science, and meditation and/or mindfulness practices (eastern and/or western) intersect, but are not interested at this time in creating a more formal study project, an auditing option is offered to individuals who agree to attend and participate in the discussions of the readings and following presentations. Registration fee still applies.

Continuing Education Credits: For interested participants we can provide CEU certifcations totaling 10.5 CEU Credit Hours.  Please communicate this interest to faculty coordinators upon registration.

2024 Meeting Dates and Times

The study group meets on the 2nd or 3rd Monday of each month:
  • February, 12th
  • March, 18th
  • April, 15th
  • May, 20th   
  • **no meeting in June**
  • July 22nd 
  • **no meeting in August**
  • September 16th 
  • **no meeting in October**
  • November 11th

**Please note: we will not meet in June, August OR October**


10:30am – 12:00pm Central Time

Program Fee


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For More Info

About joining the study group or auditing to participate in discussions, please contact the CFC administrative program coordinators: Lisa Moss or Leslie Fox.