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Center for Family Consultation

November 30, 2021

Greetings from the Executive Board and Faculty of CFC, 

As the year 2021 draws to a close, the faculty of CFC want to thank you, our community of Bowen theory systems thinkers, for your continued engagement with CFC and Bowen theory. We appreciate deeply your financial support.  With most of our work done on a volunteer basis, we work hard to keep our expenses low. The newer technology that is essential to conduct programs that can be attended online is costly, and every registration fee, as well as every donation is well used for that purpose. To donate before the end of 2021, please visit the CFC website today.

CFC is an association of individuals who study the emotional functioning of human families, their members and their societies, within the natural systems conceptual frame of Bowen Theory. As a not-for-profit educational organization, CFC sponsors scientific conferences, clinical training, and leadership programs for mental health practitioners, business professionals, and for the general public. This has been our mission since our founding in 1977, and with your involvement and support, it continues to reach people throughout the world. 

The pandemic of 2020 and 2021 challenged CFC to quickly adopt new remote learning strategies and technologies. From basic training in Bowen theory, to life-long continuing education, of upmost importance is disseminating new information being discovered through research in the biological and natural sciences. The Bowen theory framework of complex systems thinking about human behavior is continuously evolving as a result of new information from the sciences and we are committed to bringing it to CFC audiences. For example, the 2022 CFC Midwest Symposium will feature Bowen theory scholars Michael Kerr, MD, and Daniel V. Papero, Ph.D., and guest scientist Kira Cassidy, M. Sc., of The Yellowstone Wolf Project. The Yellowstone project is one of the most detailed studies of a large carnivore in the world, spanning over 25 years since wolves were first reintroduced to the park in 1995.

Bowen theory has broad application. How human families produce individuals who enter society, bringing their patterns of behavior to the workplace in businesses, community institutions, and to the wider society is the subject of CFC’s post-graduate training program, now offered remotely via Zoom. Trainees include family therapists, psychologists, clergy, business leaders and consultants. 

Bowen theory could possibly serve as a lynch pin of various scientific disciplines that are gradually moving from conventional “cause and effect thinking” to “complex systems thinking”. At a macro level, Bowen theorists have more in common than ever with evolutionary biologists, and neuroscientists. Even in quantum physics there is a growing recognition that systems thinking reveals critical connections that are outside of human awareness.

Along with keeping up with the exciting developments in multiple scientific disciplines, at CFC, we also must keep up with the technologies that support 21st Century education. In response to the pandemic of 2020-21, video conferencing technology companies quickly updated their products and services to support the demand for the rapid change from in-person programs, to teleconferencing. Innovations and upgrades to these products and services kept IT departments in a constant state of developing and redeveloping policies and procedures to help organizations like CFC keep up with change that is happening at lightning speed. Using this state-of-the art technology to reach people in their offices and homes expands the impact of our work.

CFC is most appreciative of your active participation in our mission.  Subscribing to CFC News, following us on social media, participating in our programs, both as engaged audience members and generous guest presenters, as well as your tax-deductible donations, have proven to be a remarkably resilient model for inspiring Bowen theory thinkers to continue to dive deeper into understanding and advancing a theory that has important connections to multiple scientific disciplines. 

The common denominator is that each of these disciplines seeks to understand how behavior is changing at every level of human physiology and anatomy, from microbiology to developing herd immunity to viruses across the globe. The accelerated increase in the human population, due to new technologies developed in just the past few hundred years, seems almost to have caught us by surprise. Increasing our capacity for systems thinking can help us better anticipate the longer-term consequences of new innovations across the global society. Many indications point to the importance of more quickly developing the human’s capacity for systems thinking, from understanding the relationships of the smallest components of an atom, to the largest organisms and groups of organisms on earth. 

Thank you for your continued engagement with Center for Family Consultation (CFC) in our mission to explore the richness of Bowen theory in families, workplaces, and communities. We are grateful to have you as thought-partners and fellow travelers on a journey seeking to understand mysteries of life that humans have pondered for thousands of years. We look forward to continuing our journey with you in 2022, and wish you a happy and joyful holiday season. 


Leslie Ann Fox