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How does one make a difference for the future?

Murray Bowen’s deep belief in the future fueled his pursuit of knowledge toward a science of human behavior, a goal that many of his contemporaries considered impossible. The result of his life’s work, Bowen Family Systems Theory, has opened a way for us to think scientifically about ourselves, and has laid a foundation for generations to follow, deepening our understanding of human behavior and human relationships.

Now is an exciting and fruitful time in the development of family systems theory. A growing number of neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists, and other natural scientists are recognizing the importance of Bowen’s ideas, and engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges in conferences, articles, and books. The Center for Family Consultation plays a leading part in this work. We are now in our fourth decade as a center for theory-based study, research, interdisciplinary dialogue, writing and teaching.

Bowen theory is rigorous and scientific, but not ivory tower. What people find compelling in this way of thinking is its relevance to life. People who know this theory also know the remarkable difference it makes in their lives. A natural systems perspective opens the mind to seeing new options for solutions and change. The knowledge of the emotional system and differentiation of self that came out of research with families has enormous application to larger human systems: community, church, organizations, business, society, and even into the arena of international relations.

In order to continue and expand our work, we seek your help. Our financial situation is comparable to that of a university. When the primary goals are research and education, it is not possible to grow, or even to maintain current programs with tuition and fees alone. Please consider making a contribution to the Center for Family Consultation’s Future Fund. With your help we can continue to bring guest speakers to conferences, build our audio-visual library, purchase educational technology, and, most importantly, reach out to engage more young scholars, clinicians, and leaders in the study of this important body of knowledge.

We appreciate your support.

Center for Family Consultation Faculty
Stephanie Ferrera, Carol Moran, Robert Noone, Sydney Reed, Leslie Fox, Kelly Matthews-Pluta, Robert Williamson, Lisa Moss, Cecilia Guzman, John Bell