Programs for Professionals


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Professionals who are motivated to study Bowen theory can contact Victoria Harrison to develop independent study tailored to the realities of their responsibilities, schedules and goals.  A combination of learning experiences and individual coaching can be designed for beginners or for ongoing or advanced study.   If you are interested, contact Victoria Harrison at 713-790-0226 or

Educational programs are approved for Continuing Education Credits for LPC, LMFT, and Social Work. Please request CEU Certification with registration.

Individual Coaching

Individual coaching to use Bowen theory to understand one’s own family and challenges as well as to work on differentiation of self is central for learning and using Bowen theory as a therapist or teacher, minister or in business consulting.  This is usually scheduled once a month for an hour and is available in the office or by Skype or Zoom or by phone.   Neurofeedback with Zengar and Biofeedback with F1000 instruments are available for those who want to learn more about how physiology and their brain are reacting to relationships and anxiety.
Fees and Registration: $200 an hour.  Insurance may cover a % of this fee.  No one will be declined because of financial limitations.  Schedule through discussion with Victoria Harrison.

Bowen Center for the Study of the Family Webcast:
Conversations with Faculty

Faculty of Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present various topics via webcast based upon their work with Bowen theory.  The webcast will be live each month at the CSNSF Classroom.  Participants will be able to engage in discussion with the presenter in real time.  This program is for professionals at any level who are interested in the difference that Bowen theory makes in application and outcome.

Location:  CSNSF Classroom at 729 Rutland

Time and Dates:  Conversations with Faculty will be held one Monday a month from 1PM – 3PM.

Conversations with Faculty of The Bowen Center
via Webcast will resume in September, 2013
One Monday a Month from 1 – 3:00 PM
Register Online
at CSNSF Classroom at 729 Rutland

This series of presentations by faculty of The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
will feature applications of Bowen theory in one’s own family, in clinical practice, in
research, and in organizations. The audience via webcast will include students of Bowen
theory throughout the country. Live discussion with faculty presenters will be included.

September 15, 2014 Mignonette Keller, PhD
Disease and Chronic Anxiety
Disturbances in the family relationship system play a part in the onset and course of social, emotional, and physical symptoms among family members. The role of chronic anxiety, differentiation of self and emotional cutoff in symptoms will be discussed.

October 20 Joan Jurkowski, MS, LPC
Bowen Theory: What the Therapist Does
This presentation looks at using Bowen theory as a guide to think through principles and policies for a therapist.

November 17 Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
Emotional Fusion and Being a Self: Foundations for Functioning
Emotional fusion, counterbalanced by the ability to be a separate self, colors every aspect of functioning. This presentation will review what Dr. Bowen wrote about higher and lower levels of differentiation of self and how they develop in the context of the family. The discussion will highlight the effectiveness of focusing on emotional fusion and differentiation of self in therapy instead of on symptoms or on individuals.

December 15 Douglas Murphy, MA, LCMFT
Emotional Fusion: The Coach and the Consultant
Emotional fusion exists in all family emotional systems. This presentation will describe and discuss how therapists must learn to manage self and to avoid managing the other in his or her own family as well as in therapy.

January 12, 2015 Kathleen Cotter Cauley, MEd, LMFT
Bowen Theory, Differentiation of Self, and Couples
This presentation will describe a systems view of couples. It will include understanding patterns of conflict and distance within triangles mechanisms to manage anxiety and fusion. Discussion will include the extended family, each partner’s functioning position, and the level of differentiation of self.

February 9, 2015 Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
Emotional Triangles in Problems and Solving Problems
Murray Bowen describes groundbreaking observations about how dynamic, yet predictable, patterns of reactions operate in the production of problems and in solving problems. This presentation will review what Dr. Bowen wrote about emotional triangles and discuss examples of using this knowledge for resolving difficult situations, often in unexpected ways.

March 16, 2015 Patricia Comella, JD
Societal Regression and Its Biological Roots
This presentation will discuss the biological roots of societal regression and the role of instinct in today’s societal and environmental challenges. The importance of self-regulation and differentiation of self will be addressed in the way Dr. Bowen describes in “Society, Crisis, and Systems Theory” in Family Therapy in Clinical Practice (1978).

April 6, 2015 Laura Brooks, MSW, LCSW-C
Adoption and Multigenerational Emotional Process
This is a presentation of one family’s experience with infertility and adoption described through the lens of Bowen Theory. Multigenerational family projection process and emotional cutoff will be discussed.

May 11, 2015 Anne McKnight, LCSW, EdD
Ethics in Family Consultation
Case examples will illustrate the difference that Bowen theory makes in considering ethical questions of confidentiality, the question of whether the patient is the family or the individual, and how values between generations, marital partners, and family members are processed in therapy.

June 15,2015 Kathleen Wiseman, MBA
Differentiation: Working With Family Businesses, Foundations, and Families
This presentation explores the contributions that Bowen theory makes to family decision making and its impact on business and family functioning.

Fees and Registration: $50 per session.
Attendance is limited to 10. CEUs will be available in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and LPC upon request. CSNSF does not decline registration because of financial limitations. Individuals who are motivated to attend are requested to discuss what they can afford to pay with Victoria Harrison. You may register by credit card or PayPal online or by check.

For further information, please contact Victoria Harrison at or 713-790-0226.


Bowen Theory DVD Series:
Understanding Family and Developing Self

“When any key member of an emotional system can control his own emotional reactiveness and accurately observe the functioning of the system and his part in it, and he can avoid counterattacking when his is provoked, and when he can maintain an active relationship with the other key members without withdrawing or becoming silent, the entire system will change in a series of predictable ways.” Murray Bowen

Basics in Bowen theory is the longest running Bowen theory seminar in Houston, Texas. The thinking of Murray Bowen continues to inform and inspire the efforts of individuals to better understand their own family, to address challenges through differentiation of self, and to apply systems thinking in all areas of life and work. The most common comment from those who are new to Bowen theory is “Dr. Bowen is talking about my family!” The most common comment from those who have years of study is “I hear something new that applies to my situation every time I watch this tape.” This evening videotape seminar series will present DVDs chosen to describe and illustrate steps toward differentiation of self and the difference they make in one’s family and life.

Victoria Harrison will chair this seminar and discussion.

Location: CSNSF Classroom at 729 Rutland
Times and Dates: From 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM on Thursdays
Dates will be posted soon.

Fees and Registration: $50 for each session.   Attendance is limited to the 8 registrants. CEUs will be available in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and LPC upon request. CSNSF does not decline registration because of financial limitations. Individuals who are motivated to attend are requested to discuss what they can afford to pay with Victoria Harrison.

For further information or to register, please contact Victoria Harrison at
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or 713-790-0226.