The Training Seminar in Bowen Theory is for postgraduates seeking expertise in the application of theory in professional practice. The seminar is structured to guide and facilitate learning Bowen theory and its applications. It meets from 9:30 to 4:30 in Sebastopol, California, once a month for a total of eight seminar days from September through June.
The seminar is modeled on a teaching method devised by Dr. Murray Bowen. The method of teaching and learning is based on principles of differentiation of self and knowledge of emotional systems. The result is a stimulating, open, and respectful process of learning.
The Training Seminar in Bowen Family Systems Theory emphasizes the application of theory in participants’ families and work. Each meeting, participants report on their efforts to apply theory in their practices, families, or work systems. The goal of feedback in the seminar is to assist participants in learning to “think systems” in the midst of pressures of the emotional system. The didactic portions of the seminar include video lectures, interviews, and clinical sessions with Murray Bowen and other experts in Bowen theory.
The seminar is led by Laura Havstad, PhD, Director of Programs in Bowen Theory. She is a practicing clinical and family psychologist in Sebastopol, California. Other faculty include our conference speakers and other clinicians and consultants with special expertise in Bowen family systems theory.
Fees are $1200 for the training and consultation seminar series, and include one year’s subscription to the journal Family Systems. Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSWs are available for an additional fee of $50.
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 professional practice in good standing, having some understanding of Bowen theory, and having motivation to work towards differentiation of self in their own families.
For more information please review the Seminar Syllabus and Reading List.
To apply for the next series of the training seminar please contact us.