The original center is the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington D.C., founded by Murray Bowen in 1975 as the Georgetown Family Center of Georgetown University. The Bowen Center serves as a hub for the rest of the centers. It has the largest faculty of highly skilled clinician educators, it produces major conferences at least twice a year, provides ongoing clinical training programs, provides clinical services, produces monthly clinical conferences and public lectures, publishes the journal Family Systems, and has a large audio visual library with material available for loan or purchase.
The number of centers that are good resources for those interested in Bowen theory has been increasing in a gradual way over the last 30 years. The list of centers here may be missing a few that should be included and hopefully that will be corrected over time. All the centers listed here are led by individuals who are solid as professionals in their grounding in Bowen theory. The centers differ in what services they provide. Some are centered around providing clinical services, or consulting and coaching, most offer education and training in Bowen family systems theory, some have extensive literature lists that are recommended reading, some publish periodicals, blogs and think pieces about theory.
These programs specialize in Bowen theory education and training and have participated as does Programs in Bowen Theory, in the Bowen Center’s Network Program for the Advancement of Bowen Theory. Some have great resource lists of their own which vary from center to center.
- Living Systems – Randall Frost, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- The Center for Family Consultation – Robert Noone, Evanston, Illinois
- The New England Seminar on Bowen Theory – Ann V. Nicholson, Dorchester, Massachusetts
- Princeton Family Center – Lee Gardner, Princeton, NJ
- Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family – Victoria Harrison, Houston, TX
- CSNS&F Border Programs (in English and Spanish)-Ada Luisa Valdes Trillo,El Paso, TX/ Juarez, Mexico
- Southern California Training in Bowen Theory – Carolyn Jacobs, San Diego, CA
- The Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems – Margaret Otto, Kansas City, MO
- Western Pennsylvania Family Center – Jim Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
- Vermont Center for Family Studies – Erik Thompson, Essex Junction, VT
- Florida Family Research Network, Eileen Gottlieb, Miami, FLA
- Bowen Family Systems Clinical Seminars of Kansas City – Margaret Donley, prairie village, KS
- Center for the Study of Human Systems – Roberta Gilbert, Winchester, VA and Richmond, VA
- The Family Systems Institute – Jennifer Brown, Neutral Bay, NSW, Australia
- ISS Family Institute, International Social Service Hong Kong Branch – Peggy Chan, Wanchai, Hong Kong
- The Bowen Theory Education Center – Jean Blackburn, Chattanooga, TN