Bowen Theory and Mindfulness

The study group on Bowen Theory and Mindfulness is intended for individuals who already have knowledge of Bowen Theory, meditation and 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 Bowen Theory and Mindfulness, the 2016 Center for Family Consultation (CFC) Summer Conference, 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 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 online video-conference, the study group provides a forum for development, presentation, and discussion of individual study projects for professional use.

In 2018, the members plan to continue 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. In addition, this coming year CFC will invite guest speakers from the Bowen Network who are interested in this work to address the group during some of the meetings.


Study Group Mission

To develop scholarly work that explores mindfulness and meditation through the lenses of Bowen theory and objective science.


Operating Assumptions

    1. The group will be a forum for those with a keen interest in the theory and practice of Bowen theory, mindfulness and meditation, including their relationship to neuroscience.
    2. Members will explore parallels and distinctions among Bowen theory, mindfulness, and meditation theory and practice.
    3. 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.
    4. Members will develop definitions of key terms from Bowen theory, mindfulness and meditation for themselves.
    5. The meetings will not emphasize working towards consensus between members.


Study Group Logistics


FRIDAYS, 2pm to 4pm CST
Starts February 16, 2018

The study group will meet six times in 2018 via video conference on Fridays from 2-4pm Central Time: February 16th, March 16th,  April 27th, September 28th, October 26th, and November 30th.

Video Format

CFC will provide video technology to support the scheduled study group meetings via the internet using the application. Participants must have their own computer or mobile device with a camera to access the video conference.

Google Drive

CFC will host a shared Google drive folder to allow participants to share copies of their presentations, notes, ideas, articles, etc., and to provide a space for sign-up sheets that participants can use to schedule time to present their work at study group meetings.

Meeting Structure

Each participant is expected to present his work to the group at least once during the year. Presenters have 20 minutes to report on their project, followed by a facilitated discussion among the members. Presenters may offer pre-reading assignments prior to their presentation.



Registration Fee: $200.00

Includes 12 credit hours (CEUs) for:

  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors/Clinical Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists


For More Info

Please contact the CFC program coordinators Lisa Moss or Leslie Fox.