Summer Conference

Bowen Theory and Clinical Practice

Since 1995, Center for Family Consultation has hosted an Annual Summer Conference. The mission of this conference, distinct from our other three annual conferences, is to explore the application of Bowen theory to a special area of clinical practice. Each year we choose an area of interest and invite a speaker who has clinical and research expertise in that area. Topics have covered a wide spectrum of the issues that are important to clinicians. Our guest speakers have included leaders and faculty members from the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and from teaching centers around the country.

Continuing Education Credits

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

Faculty Coordinator

For more information, please contact Stephanie Ferrera.

Past Guest Lecturers

Following are the speakers and the subjects they have addressed:

Walter H. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Family Resources, Pittsburgh PA
Child Abuse and Family Emotional Process (1995)
Family Violence in Context (1997)
Violence and Emotional Process in the Family and Society (2013)

Priscilla J. Friesen, MSW
Director of Biofeedback, Georgetown Family Center, Washington DC
Mind/Body and the Family System (1996)

Victoria Harrison, M.A.
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family, Houston, TX
Faculty, Georgetown Family Center, Washington, D.C.
Facts of Life: Family Emotional Process, Health and Reproduction (1999)

Louise Rauseo, R.N., M.S.
Faculty, Georgetown Family Center
Moving toward Solid Self: Differentiation and Spiritual Development (2000)

Edward W. Beal, M.D.
Faculty, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (Georgetown Family Center)
The Many Faces of Divorce (2001)

Kathleen K. Wiseman, M.B.A.
Working Systems, Washington DC
Leading in the Right Direction: Responsible Leadership in Turbulent Times (2003)

Margaret Donley, M.S.W.
Research Committee, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Private Practice, Prairie Village, Kansas
Children in the Spotlight: Emotional Process in Child-focused Families (2004)

Loretta Nowakowski, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and Georgetown University.
Illness and Death: Emotional Process in Families and Helpers (2005)

Kathleen B. Kerr, M.S.N., M.A.
Faculty, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Attachment Revisited (2006)

Michael E. Kerr, M.D.
Executive Director, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Marriage: Theory and Practice (2007)

Victoria Harrison, M.A. (see above)
My Family My Self: A Journey of Discovery Towards Differentiation of Self (2008)

Anne S. McKnight, Ed.D.
Faculty, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Families with Addiction: The Perspective of Bowen Family Systems Theory (2009)

Leslie Ann Fox, M.A.
Founder/CEO, Care Communications
Systems-Based Leadership: Taking Bowen Theory to the Workplace (2010)

Roberta M. Gilbert, M.D.
Faculty, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Extraordinary Parenting for Anxious Times (2011)

Laurie L. Lassiter, Ph.D., M.S.W
Triangles and the Family Emotional System (2012)

Walter H. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
Violence in the Family and Society (2013)

Robert Noone, Ph.D., Sydney Reed, MSW, and Stephanie Ferrera, MSW
Family Emotional Process in Health and Illness (2014)

CFC Faculty
Differentiation of Self in One’s Own Family: The Value of a Longterm Effort (2015)

Sydney Reed, MSW, Lisa Moss, MSW, Erik Thompson, MA, Lori Smith, MS, Leslie Ann Fox, MA, and Rosalyn Chrenka, PhD.
Bowen Theory and Mindfulness (2016)

Stephanie Ferrera, MSW, Robert Noone, Ph.D., Mary Ellen Durbin, MA, and Robert Williamson, M. Div.
The Role of Grandparents in the Multigenerational Family (2017)

Katharine Gratwick Baker, Ph.D.
From Family to Society: The Broad Scope of Bowen Theory (2018)

CFC Faculty
Family of origin work (2019)

Kathleen Kerr, RN
Ties that Bind: Unresolved Emotional Attachment (2020)

Mignonette Keller, Ph.D.
Adaptation and Resilience in the African-American Family (2021)

Amie Post, MA, LCMFT
When CHAOS Comes to Town: Making Sense of Family Life in Challenging Times (2022)