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October 2018 – May 2019

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Purpose and Description of Program

This monthly Online Introduction to Bowen Theory Program will begin in October and is organized in monthly learning modules through May. It is designed particularly for people who do not have access to local training and who are motivated to consider Bowen theory as an alternative to conventional approaches to solving problems in families, organizations, or society. It provides a substantial experience in learning and using Bowen theory in one’s own family and field of work. The learning modules will focus on theoretical concepts and the ways they are learned through study of one’s own family and through applications in various fields.

Students are required to attend all 8 of the monthly class lectures and coaching sessions. Online Intro Class section (1) meets Tuesday evenings from 5pm -7pm ET and Online Intro Class section (2) meets Thursday 8-10am ET. Students will remain in one section for the course entirety. Students access the class schedule once they are registered.

Each month will include:

  • scheduled, live two-hour faculty presentations with discussion based upon assigned readings and DVD
  • reading assignments from Murray Bowen’s original work
  • online access to teaching videos by Dr. Bowen and members of the Bowen Center faculty
  • individual monthly coaching/consultation via Skype or Zoom.

The practice aspect of learning is an integral part of training programs that Murray Bowen originally established at the Georgetown University Family Center. Participants will schedule individual monthly sessions via Zoom or Skype with faculty members where they can discuss their own family and the process of working on differentiation of self.

“The concept of differentiation has to do with self and not with others. Differentiation deals with working on one’s own self, with controlling self, with becoming a more responsible person, and permitting others to be themselves.” — Murray Bowen

Differentiation of self is the basis for learning and applying Bowen theory. Steps toward differentiation are described throughout the chapters in Bowen’s collected papers, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. Everyone learns in his and her own unique way. This Introduction will provide theoretical and experiential groundwork for the changes in a system that occur based on a family member, therapist or consultant who is working on differentiation.


The curriculum for each month and materials will be provided upon registration. Educational resources included in your tuition are online streaming of teaching tapes and faculty lectures associated with the monthly modules. You will be expected to purchase Family Therapy in Clinical Practice by Murray Bowen and other books by faculty you may want to read.


This course is designed for a combination of independent study and scheduled discussion and consultation. A syllabus for the year will be provided upon acceptance. Reading and video material are accomplished independently between monthly sessions. Coaching consultation will be scheduled monthly by Skype or Zoom between each participant and his or her faculty consultant. An ongoing discussion thread will include questions and ideas posted by faculty and questions and ideas posted by participants to faculty.

Class Schedule 2018-2019

Tuesday Classes: 5-7pm Eastern Time (the first Tuesday of the month except for Dec. and Jan)

October 2, 2018
November 6, 2018
December 11, 2018
January 8, 2019
February 5, 2019
March 5, 2019
April 2, 2019
May 7, 2019

Thursday Classes: 8-10am Eastern Time (the fourth Thursday of the month except for Nov.)

October 25, 2018
November 29, 2018
December 20, 2018
January 24, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 28, 2019
April 25, 2019
May 23, 2019


Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC will direct the Online Introduction and be one of the faculty responsible for teaching, discussion, and consultation. The Bowen Center Faculty who will teach and consult in this program are:

Laura R. Brooks, LCSW-C
Priscilla J. Friesen, LICSW
Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC
Mariana Martinez, PsyD
Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW
Douglas C. Murphy, MA, LCMFT
Amie Post, MA, LCMFT


Applications for Fall 2018 will be accepted until September 1, 2018. The application process involves filling out the application form online or by paper, an application fee of $50, and an interview that will be scheduled after the application form is received.

Mail paper applications to:

Dr. Carrie Collier
The Bowen Center
4400 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Suite 103
Washington, DC 20007


Paper applications can be faxed to 202-965-1765.


Paper applications may be emailed to Carrie Collier at


The Online Introduction is offered for professionals in various fields who do not have prior experience in substantial study of Bowen family systems theory and who do not have access to local training. Admission criteria include a combination of educational background and practice in one’s profession and motivation to learn and apply Bowen theory in one’s family and field of work.


The nonrefundable tuition for the Introductory Program is $1,600.00.

Payment Plan:

The Bowen Center offers an option for trainees to pay two times a year. The first payment is due the 1st of September. The second payment is due no later than the 1st of January.

Please contact Carrie Collier at or 571-264-1668 to discuss your interest and questions.