Applications for the 2020-2021 Dates open June 1, 2020. Please sign up for the Bowen Center’s email newsletter for updates on the Online Training program!

Tentative Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021:


October 13
November 10
December 8
January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11


October 22
November 19
December 10 or 17
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 22
May 20

Each month will include:

  • Online classes and coaching monthly from October through May
  • 8 two-hour livestreamed faculty presentations with discussion
  • 8 one-hour individual monthly coaching/consultation via Skype or Zoom
  • Reading assignments from Murray Bowen’s original work
  • Online access to teaching videos by Dr. Bowen and members of the Bowen Center faculty
  • 16 CEU/CEs can be earned in this program.

Purpose and Description of Program

This monthly Online Training in Bowen Family Systems 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 Class Section (1) meets Tuesday evenings from 5pm – 7pm ET and Online 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.

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 Online Training 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.

Sample of Course Readings

Please Note: Through the Amazon Associates program, The Bowen Center will receive a small commission if you purchase Family Therapy in Clinical Practice and Family Evaluation with the provided links.

Sample Syllabus

Syllabus 2017-2018


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.


Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC will direct the Online Training 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
Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC
Priscilla J. Friesen, LICSW
Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT
Edward J. Henley, MDiv
Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC
Anne S. McKnight, EdD, LCSW
Douglas C. Murphy, MA, LCMFT
Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW
Amie Post, MA, LCMFT


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 Training 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 Online Training Program is $1,700.00.

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