The Bowen Center offers a clinical internship for professionals with a graduate degree in a mental health discipline who have demonstrated a commitment to using Bowen theory as their primary theoretical frame of reference. Interns are required to have completed at least one to two years of the Bowen Center Postgraduate Training Program. As a natural continuation of the Training Program, the internship offers many opportunities to study and apply Bowen theory.

I. Purpose

The internship provides an intensive learning experience in Bowen theory as well as an opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Center – to develop Bowen family systems theory into a science of human behavior and to assist individuals, families, communities, and organizations in addressing major life challenges through understanding and improving human relationships. Opportunities for learning include 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.

II. Guiding Principles of the Internship

A. Differentiation

As Michael Kerr (1984) stated, “While lectures and reading contribute something, learning to think systems in relationship to human behavior is dependent on emotional changes occurring within the learner” (p.17, emphasis in original).

In this context, it is the Bowen Center’s responsibility to provide an environment that promotes an individual’s on-going effort towards differentiation, learning, practice and integration of 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.).

Most importantly, full participation in the activities of the Center is central to an effective internship.

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 to two years of postgraduate training at The Bowen Center. Eligible applicants must have completed a professional clinical graduate degree (e.g., including but not limited to social work, counseling, pastoral counseling, psychiatric nursing, or psychology).

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 consultations 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, and qualifications of the intern as well as 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 lbrooks@thebowencenter.org.