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:
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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 via webcast
one Monday a month from 1PM – 3PM  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 21, 2015
The Difference Bowen Theory Makes in Theory and Practice
Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT 
This lecture and discussion will focus on ways that Bowen family systems theory differs from other prevalent approaches to human behavior. The importance of these differences will be illustrated with examples from therapy, business, ministry and research. Discussion will raise questions about distinguishing one’s own way of thinking and the difference it makes in practice.

October 19, 2015
Family Reaction to Death
Anne McKnight, EdD, LCSW
This presentation discusses family reactions to death as distinctly different from the predominant viewpoints in grief work begun by Freud and popularized by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Bowen sees death as a natural part of the life cycle that shifts the family equilibrium and can result in an emotional shock wave of reactivity across several generations.  Grief work encourages individuals to focus on their feelings of grief and work it through in five stages.  A case example will be given.

November 23, 2015
Cooperation and Differentiation
Priscilla J. Friesen, LICSW 
This presentation will explore cooperation in family groups and organizations from the viewpoint of Bowen theory and differentiation of self.  This presentation grows out of Priscilla Friesen’s work with legacy families (multigenerational families with shared assets) who are challenged to cooperate for the benefit of the multigenerational family.

December 14, 2015
Within-Family Variability in Functioning
Laura Brooks, LCSW-C 
This presentation will examine multiple variables that contribute to differences in life adjustment for children in the same family. Several studies including the Adoptive Family will be discussed.

January 11, 2016
The Use of Language in Bowen TheoryRandall T. Frost, DMin
Murray Bowen made a consistent practice of giving ordinary words a more specialized meaning. The fuller meaning of important terms emerges only in relation to other key terms and to the phenomenon being described. This presentation will discuss specific definition of the terms that Bowen explicitly provides to draw out more fully the implications of the terms when they are considered in relation to one another.

February 8
Family and the Intermix of Emotional and Intellectual Functioning
Robert J. Noone, PhD 
Bowen theory posits that differentiation of self entails both the development of emotional autonomy and the differentiation of the intellectual system of an individual. How the family system might influence the “intermix” of emotional and intellectual functioning of individuals will be the subject of this discussion.

March 14
Cut-off and Distance Through the Generations: Learning about Distance in Self While Observing Distance in Others
Kathleen Cotter Cauley, MEd, LMFT
The concept of cutoff and patterns of emotional distance will be covered in this presentation. It will include the practical application of the effort at differentiation of self in the presenter’s own family.

April 25
Financial Advisors Learn Bowen Theory
Kathleen Wiseman, MBA 
This presentation will examine the challenges and successes of “teaching” Bowen theory to investment advisors.  Ms. Wiseman
will illustrate the ways that Bowen theory makes a difference in financial advising.

May 16
An Arena for Differentiation
Douglas Murphy, MA, LCMFT 
Differentiation occurs across all areas of functioning in relationships with significant others. This presentation will discuss ways that this process plays out in thinking and in shaping of one area of functioning.

June 20
Reactivity Factors in the Relationship Between Society and its Sustaining Environments
Patricia A. Comella, Esq.
Bowen laid out a methodology for extending Bowen family systems theory to examine and understand emotional processes at the level of society and its sustaining environments. This conversation will discuss that methodology and examine reactivity factors in societal-environmental relationships especially as they occur agricultural practices.

 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 or 713-790-0226.