Additional Recommended Resources for the study of Bowen Family Systems Theory

The following books are highly recommended by CFC Faculty for additional reading for individuals looking to expand their knowledge of Bowen Family Systems Theory

Bowen, M. (1978). Family therapy in clinical practice. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc.

Bowen, M., & Butler, J. (Eds.). (2013). The origins of family psychotherapy: The NIMH Family Study Project. Jason Aronson.

Brown, J. (2017). Growing yourself up: How to bring your best to all of life’s relationships (2nd ed.). Exisle Publishing.

Cohn Bregman, O., & White, C. M. (Eds.). (2011). Bringing systems thinking to life. Routledge.

Comella, P. A., Bader, J., Ball, J. S., Wiseman, K. K., & Sagar, R. R. (Eds.). (1996). The emotional side of organizations. Georgetown Family Center.

Fox, L. A., & Baker, K. G. (2009). Leading a business in anxious times. Care Communications Press.

Friedman, E. (1985). Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. Guilford.

Gilbert, M. D. (1992). Extraordinary relationships: A new way of thinking about human interactions. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gilbert, R. M. (1999). Connecting with our children: Guiding principles for parents in a troubled world., Canada: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Gilbert, R. (2004). The eight concepts of Bowen theory. Leading Systems Press.

Gilbert, R. (2006). Extraordinary leadership. Leading Systems Press.

Gilbert, R. (2008). The cornerstone concept: In leadership, in life. Leading Systems Press.

Hall, C. M. (1999). The special mission of grandparent: Hearing, seeing, telling. Bergin & Garvey.

Harrison, V. (2018). The family diagram and family research: An illustrated guide to tools for working on differentiation of self in one’s family. Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family.

Keller, M. N., & Noone, R. J. (2020). Handbook of Bowen family systems theory and research methods: A systems model for family research. Routledge.

Kerr, M. E., & Bowen, M. (1988). Family evaluation (First ed.). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

Kerr, M. E. (2019). Bowen theory’s secrets: Revealing the hidden life of families (1 ed.). W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Miller, J. (Ed.). (2019). The anxious organization: Why smart companies do dumb things (3rd ed.). Vinculum Press.

Noone, R. J. (2021). Family and self: Bowen theory and the shaping of adaptive capacity. Lexington Books.

Noone, R. J., & Papero, D. V. (Eds.). (2015). The family emotional system: An integrative concept for theory, science, and practice (1 ed.). Lexington Books.

Rakow, C. M. (2023). Making sense of human life: Murray Bowen’s determined effort toward family systems theory (1 ed.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Sagar, R. R. (Ed.). (1997). Bowen theory and practice: Feature articles from the Family Center Report 1979-1996. Georgetown Family Center.

Sager, R. S., & Wiseman, K. K. (Eds.). (1982). Understanding organizations. Georgetown Family Center.

Schara, A. M., & Schara, A. (2013). Your mindful compass: Breakthrough strategies for navigating life/work relationships in any social jungle.

Smith, K. (2019). Everything isn’t terrible: Conquer your insecurities, interrupt your anxiety, and finally calm down. Hachette Books.

Titelman, P. (Ed.). (1998). Clinical applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory (1st ed.)., United States: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Titelman, P. (2003). Emotional cutoff; Bowen family systems theory perspectives. Binghampton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Titelman, P. (Ed.). (2008). Triangles Bowen family systems theory perspectives. New York, NY: The Haworth Press Taylor & Francis Group.

Titelman, P. (Ed.). (2014). Differentiation of self: Bowen family systems theory perspectives (1st ed.). New York, New York: Routledge.

Titelman, P., & Reed, S. (Eds.). (2019). Chronic illness and death in the family: A Bowen family systems perspective. Routledge.

Williamson, R. L. (2004). Charting self: The Beliefs Chart as a tool for change. Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.


Bowen, M. (2016). La Terapia Familiar en la Practice Clinica. Lulu Press.

Harrison, V. (n.d.). Los Sintomas Entendidos desde la Teoria de Bowen y la Perspective de los Sistemas Naturales: Un lente amplio.

Rodrigues-Gonzalez, M., & Martinez Berlanga, M. (2014). Teoria Familiar Sistemica de Bowen: avances y aplicacion terapeutica. McGraw Hill Education.