The Western PA Family Center offers different approaches to learning Bowen Family Systems Theory, including seminars for more in-depth training and topic-focused study groups. We have found learning to be richer when based in the learner’s direct experience, which allows one to know the theory first-hand, not just as a set of ideas. Moreover, we have found that when each of us takes responsibility for our own learning, we each guide it in the directions most pertinent to our own lives.
In learning to live the theory, each in our own way, we help keep the theory alive and relevant for future generations.
For more than 40 years, WPFC has offered the Basic Seminar in Bowen Theory, a seven-month intensive forum for learning and studying the basic ideas and concepts of Bowen family systems theory. The seminar combines didactic presentations by faculty and application of the theory by studying one’s own relationship system—family, workplace, or community. For individuals with one or more years of formal training in Bowen theory, our Continued Study Seminar provides an opportunity to further one’s understanding of the theory through the more focused study of one’s own multi-generational family system.
Topic-Focused Study Groups
The monthly Video Discussion Group views and discusses selected videotapes of Bowen presenting his ideas and their application. The Societal Emotional Process Study Group considers how Bowen theory can be used to better understand how emotional process operates at the societal level. And the Evolutionary Theory & Bowen Theory Study Group explores the relationship between Bowen’s theory and evolutionary theory.