Bowen Theory Programs for Family Members and Professionals - Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family Bowen Theory Programs for Family Members and Professionals - Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family
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


Understanding Family: Developing Self Basics in Bowen Theory DVD Series

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. The specific DVDs will be selected in part based upon the challenges and interests of those who register to attend.

Attendance is limited to the first 8 people who register.

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

September 22, 2016January, 19 2017April 20, 2017
October 20, 2016BreakMay 11, 2017
November 17, 2016March 23, 2017June 22, 2017

Fees and Registration: $50 for each session or $450 advance payment for the series. 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.


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 Theory and Science Seminar Series

Murray Bowen directed students of Bowen Theory to read in the sciences and to read original source material written by scientists. He advocated reading Darwin and knowing facts from evolution, geology, biology, neuroscience, astronomy and physics.  Dr. Bowen challenged people to use Bowen theory and the sciences to “Study Something” that required thinking for self and development of new knowledge.

This seminar series aims to perpetuate that challenge and engage people in using Bowen theory and the sciences to develop and pursue directions and interests of their own.  Each module will provide readings, websites and video materials based on some aspect of Bowen theory and research in the natural sciences. Participants will be able to choose from among a variety of materials to enhance their knowledge and thinking. Monthly discussions via Zoom will feature reading assignments as well as whatever background study participants elect to do.  Participants are encouraged to circulate written essays, comments and questions through a moderated email discussion. 

Ann Jones and Victoria Harrison will curate the curriculum for each module based upon research in the natural sciences that began during their study with Murray Bowen in the Postgraduate Program.  They will also direct the Discussion Seminar and moderate the email Discussion Thread.

Registration includes reading and resource material, a monthly two-hour seminar via Zoom and a dedicated discussion thread. Additional costs will include books or DVDs you purchase for yourself.. Upon registration, participants will receive an outline of reading and resources that will be discussed in each of 3 monthly Modules, along with questions to guide discussion. They will also receive instructions for posting comments and questions on a discussion thread dedicated to the seminar series. Seminar schedule via Zoom will be determined after registration