Training Seminar in Bowen Theory

The Training and Consultation Seminar in Bowen Theory is for postgraduates seeking expertise in Bowen family systems theory. The seminar is structured to guide and facilitate learning the Bowen theory and its application in practice. The seminar meets from 9:30 to 4:30 in Sebastopol, California, on the second Friday of the month beginning in September and ending in June, skipping December and April, for a total of eight seminar days. The program is open to new applicants for the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Family psychologist and founder of Programs in Bowen Theory, Laura Havstad, leads the seminar in her Sebastopol practice. The seminar is modeled on the teaching methods Bowen devised based on the principles of differentiation of self and knowledge of emotional systems. The result is a stimulating, open, and respectful process of learning.

The Training and Consultation Seminar in Bowen Family Systems Theory emphasizes application of theory in participants’ families and at work. Each meeting trainees report their efforts to apply theory in their practices, families, and work systems. Feedback and coaching assists participants in learning to “think systems” in the midst of pressures of the emotional system, and to help others do the same. The didactic portions of the seminar include video lectures, interviews and clinical sessions with Murray Bowen and other experts in Bowen theory.

Visit the Seminar Syllabus and Reading List page for more details.

Fees are $1200 for the 2017-2018 training seminar series, and include one year’s subscription to the journal Family Systems. Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSWs are available for an extra fee of $50 for hours attended.

To participate in the seminar there is an application and an interview in person or by phone. Upon acceptance and enrollment a deposit of $150 is due to hold a place in the seminar. Participants are selected based on being in practice in good professional standing, some understanding of Bowen theory, and most importantly, motivation and interest.

For more information and to apply, contact Laura Havstad, PhD at (707) 823-1848 phone/fax, or