Annual Fall Conference on Research in Bowen Theory

The Integration of Research in Practice

In person and via Zoom

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Friday, September 22, 2023

The Center for Family Consultation is initiating an annual Fall conference on research related to the development of Bowen theory and its application.

CFC’s Fall Conference this year will focus on some of Murray Bowen’s original family research at NIMH and three current research efforts related to the application of Bowen theory. The conference will be held on Friday, September 22 and the four presenters will be:

Catherine Rakow, author of her recently published book Making Sense of Human Life: Murray Bowen’s Determined Effort Toward Family Systems Theory. Ms. Rakow will be presenting “The Final Year of Murray Bowen’s NIMH Research Project — 1958” which will include some of Bowen’s groundbreaking research leading to the development of his family systems theory and the psychotherapy based on it.


Victoria Harrison will be presenting “Observations of Change While Working on Differentiation of Self: A Case Study Based on Bowen Family Systems Theory and Therapy” on her three-year study of Postgraduate Program trainees at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. The study looks at the results of their effort to study Bowen theory and apply it to themselves in their families.


Phillip Klever will be reporting on his 15 year longitudinal study of 51 families, looking at the functioning of their nuclear and extended families over the 15 year period. His presentation will be: “Researching Variation in Family Unit Functioning.”



Randall Frost will present his current development of a clinical research model which family therapists can use with the families they see in their practices. His presentation is called: “The Use of Theory in Clinical Research.”



General: $150

Students: $75


The conference will be taking place in person at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and via Zoom.  In Person – directions to Northeastern University (Chicago) 

Continuing Education Credits

6 CEUs will be awarded. Approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.

*In person CEUs will be awarded for those attending the conference in person.

Faculty Coordinator

For more information, please contact Robert Noone.