The Georgetown Family Center houses a large videotape collection. The collection began on August 9, 1968 when Dr. Murray Bowen, MD, was Chairman of the Division of Social Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Bowen was one of the earliest psychiatrists to use video as both a teaching method and as a way to document family changes.
A monthly series of multiple family videotapes were produced with two families from 1968 until 1983. These two families stayed in the project for fifteen years. In 1978, the project was officially moved to Washington, DC as was called the Bowen Clinical Conference Series.
Segments from these videotapes continue to be used to illustrate the concepts in Bowen family systems theory. These composite videotapes are used for teaching in many institutions today. Since these tapes have clinical material they may only be rented by mental health professionals. See Clinical Videotapes.
Dr. Bowen continued to produce teaching tapes until his death in 1990. This collection, noting both family emotional process and the theoretical thinking of the therapist, spans the largest number of years of any collection of its kind. Two hundred hours of videotapes, covering fifteen years, were accepted for preservation in 1986 by the National Institute of Health. Researchers now have access to these preserved original videotapes.
The Bowen Center also houses an extensive collection of recording from our Annual Symposia and Spring Conferences, as well as teaching tapes produced by faculty of the Center, including the recent lecture series by Dr. Kerr. This series reflects Dr. Kerr’s way of presenting Bowen theory as an integrated whole, with family, workplace, and clinical examples.