Bowen Family Systems Theory 101

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Deadline: JANUARY 3, 2019
Starting Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) is a comprehensive theory of the family based on Dr. Murray Bowen’s view of the human as part of nature and the family as a natural system. Dr. Bowen developed a framework for describing the emotional process and identifying automatic patterns of behavior among family members.

This series of eight, one-hour lectures and discussions is conducted online using the free downloadable teleconferencing technology The program is designed to provide participants with a general overview of each concept of Bowen Family Systems Theory.

Bowen 101 covers:

  • Differentiation of Self
  • Triangles
  • The Nuclear Family Emotional System
  • Family Projection Process
  • Multigenerational Transmission Process
  • Emotional Cutoff
  • Sibling Position
  • Societal Emotional Process

A basic understanding of the eight concepts offers participants the opportunity to begin conceptualizing clinical cases through the lens of BFST. Gaining a new, broader perspective on behavior patterns in families can significantly improve outcomes of the therapeutic process.

Participants are encouraged to read Extraordinary Relationships by Roberta Gilbert. Other references will be recommended during the course.


Dates, Time & Registration

The registration deadline is JANUARY 3, 2019.

Classes will be held on Thursdays at 10:00 am starting on January 17, 2019 and runs 8 consecutive weeks.

The cost is $400 for the series of eight, one-hour lectures.

Continuing Education Credits

Earn 8 CEUs with full-series attendance. Approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.

Additional Information

Faculty Coordinator: Cecilia Guzman

Participation will require video conferencing capabilities through (at no additional expense). There you can download a free version of the software or head to an app store. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with microphone and video camera are required. Prior to each session, participants will receive by email a meeting ID# and instructions for logging on.

For More Information

Please contact Cecilia Guzman.