Programs in Bowen Theory provides education and training in family systems theory and family therapy for mental health professionals and the community. Located in Sonoma County in Northern California, and part of a national network of education and training centers, Programs in Bowen Theory sponsors conferences and maintains connections to the best resources for training in Bowen theory locally, nationally, and internationally. We serve as a center for professionals using Bowen theory in Northern California.
Bowen family systems theory focuses on the family emotional system and how it affects individual behavior and development. Based in the natural sciences and systems thinking, Bowen theory is applied in individual, couple, and family therapy for emotional illness and other problems of the emotional system. Bowen theory also has much to offer the work place, organizations and and their leaders in addressing problems arising from relationships.
Programs in Bowen Theory supports mental health professionals and others using Bowen theory to help families, organizations and their individual members to resolve problems of relationships and the emotional system.
We pursue our mission through our connections to the best training resources in Bowen theory, through our conferences, our website containing rich content about Bowen theory, and two research programs focusing on clinical research and psychological theory to test and extend family systems theory.
Programs in Bowen Theory became a nonprofit corporation in 2004. From 1989 to 2004, Laura Havstad, Ph.D, sponsored Programs in Bowen Theory with biannual meetings as well as the annual Training Seminar in Bowen Theory for which she continues to maintain responsibility.
Dr. Murray Bowen led the first meeting in 1989. After he died in 1990, Dr. Michael Kerr and Dr. Daniel Papero led the meetings and kept the programs strongly connected to the center Bowen built at Georgetown University which continues on as the non-profit Bowen Center. Many others from around the country with expertise in the theory have contributed regularly to the meetings along the way.
Our conferences bring some of the best practitioner/teachers of Bowen theory to Northern California. Our meetings provide opportunities to learn about the unique perspective of Bowen theory with cutting edge knowledge about current and age-old issues in mental health and human relationships. The conferences also include researchers, often from nearby universities such as the University of California, with expertise in the conference topic.
Programs in Bowen Theory (PBT) is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs. Programs in Bowen Theory maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Laura Havstad, PhD
Laura Havstad founded Programs in Bowen Theory in 1989 for the purpose of providing a formal program to teach Bowen theory in Northern California. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Sebastopol, at www.family-psychologist.com. California since 1980. Dr. Havstad is an editorial consultant to the journal Family Systems which is published by the Bowen Center in Washington DC. She has done many presentations locally and elsewhere on many aspects of family systems, theory and psychotherapy.