The Bowen Center offers a wide variety of conferences and lectures, which are listed below. Most programs offer CEU/CE credits for counselor and social workers. To stay current on our meetings and programs, please sign up for our email newsletter, or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Annual Symposium on Family Theory and Family Psychotherapy

The Annual Symposium is the most important meeting on Bowen theory and its applications. It brings together the liveliest minds in the Bowen network to present, question, and discuss their latest research and ideas. The Symposium also features a Distinguished Guest Lecturer from another scientific discipline whose research is relevant to Bowen theory.

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Spring Conference

Unlocking the Mystery of the Family Emotional History
Save the Date: April 9-10, 2021

The Spring Conference focuses on a single concept related to Bowen theory. Guest scientists, researchers, and leaders in the study of family systems offer presentations related to the topic during this two-day conference.

Each year at the Spring Conference, the Caskie Research Fund Award is given to support an important research effort in Bowen theory.

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Opening Day Conference

The Bowen Center’s Opening Day Conference provides background on family systems thinking related to a topic of current interest to therapists in clinical practice. Held at the University of the District of Columbia since 2016, the conference will be offered online until further notice. Four continuing education hours will be offered for social workers and counselors.

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Clinical Conference Series

The monthly Clinical Conferences combine presentations by Bowen Center faculty with videotaped clinical interviews with families they work with. Each conference has a specific focus. This highly regarded conference series offers stimulating learning opportunities for experienced clinicians, students, and those interested in better understanding Bowen theory’s application to the family.

Counseling CEs and Social Work CEUs are available. 

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Faith Leadership Conference

The Faith Leadership Conference is an annual event exploring the challenges and possibilities faced by leaders of faith communities. Each year the conference has a specific focus, and includes presentations on Bowen theory, case studies, and discussion.

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Professional Lecture Series

The Professional Lectures are free and open to the public. They feature historians, scientists, and clinicians addressing a variety of topics.

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Spanish Speaking Study Group

The Spanish Speaking Study Group centers around the reading and discussion of Dr. Bowen’s seminal book, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice, and other material relevant in the study of the theory. Participants will meet via video conferencing five times a year to discuss book chapters, theoretical considerations, and implications to practice (clinical and otherwise).

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Theory Meeting

The Theory Meetings are by invitation only, bi-monthly meeting on the development of Bowen theory.

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