The Bowen Center offers a clinical internship for professionals with a graduate degree in a mental health discipline and at least one year in the Bowen Center Postgraduate Training Program. The intern receives referrals from the clinic, ongoing supervision from a faculty member, and Bowen Center Postgraduate Program training.

I. Purpose

The purpose of the internship is to provide an intensive learning opportunity in Bowen theory for interested individuals (who have completed at least one year in the Program) through clinical work with families from the Center’s clinic, supervision with a faculty member, case presentations, conference attendance, access to A/V archives, research opportunities and general exposure to the work of faculty and staff at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. The internship is a natural continuation of postgraduate training in Bowen theory for those who are choosing to make Bowen theory their primary theoretical frame of reference.

II. Guiding Principles of the Internship

A. Differentiation

In this context, it is the Family Center’s responsibility to provide an environment that promotes an individual’s ability to learn, practice and integrate the concepts of Bowen theory intellectually and emotionally. It is the intern’s responsibility to be present and accounted for in as many training opportunities as possible and to contribute their own thinking to the process of learning Bowen theory.

B. Flexibility

There are a wide variety of interested individuals who approach The Bowen Center in search of internship placement. It is hoped that while the purpose and principles of the internship program remain constant, the contractual and administrative arrangements remain flexible enough to foster a wide variety of possible interns (e.g., new/experienced clinicians, local/out of town clinicians, part time/full time, etc.).

C. Integration

To maximize the success of the internship, the intern must have exposure to the majority of the programs and people at The Bowen Center over a period of time. Ideally, the whole of the experience is greater than the sum of its many parts and encompasses individual participation and cooperation. Full participation in the activities of the Center is central to the internship.

III. Selection Process

A. Applicants are solicited from trainees who have completed at least one year of postgraduate training at The Bowen Center. Eligible applicants must have completed a professional clinical graduate degree (for example, social work, counseling, pastoral counseling, psychiatric nursing).

B. When there are more applicants than openings, the internship committee will consider the application, years of learning Bowen theory, and information from a personal interview.

IV. General Structure

A. Time Frame:

1. From September through July

B. Responsibilities:

1. The intern will receive referrals from the clinic coordinator and conduct consultation with individuals and families. The intern will complete the necessary casework and billing and attend clinic and staff meetings, training programs, and conferences. The intern will be available for weekly supervision with a faculty member.

2. The intern will contribute to the outreach of the clinic, which includes publicity, general Bowen Center outreach, presentations and classes. (Some candidates may bring talents in one area more than another. Those talents will be used to facilitate support of the mission of the whole organization.)

C. Financial Arrangement:

The financial arrangement between the Bowen Center and the intern will be based on the experience, training, qualifications of the intern and historical precedent of the organization.

If you are interested, have further questions, or would like an application,
please call Ms. Laura Brooks, the faculty Coordinator of the Internship program, at 443-956-7282 or