Bowen Family Systems Theory 101

Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) is a comprehensive theory of the family based on Dr. Murray Bowen’s view of the human as part of nature and the family as a natural system. Dr. Bowen developed a framework for describing the emotional process and identifying automatic patterns of behavior among family members.

This series of eight, one-hour lectures and discussion is designed to provide the participant with a general overview of each concept of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Bowen 101 covers:

  • Differentiation of Self
  • Triangles
  • The Nuclear Family Emotional System
  • Family Projection Process
  • Multigenerational Transmission Process
  • Emotional Cutoff
  • Sibling Position
  • Societal Emotional Process

With a basic understanding of these eight concepts, participants may understand how the conceptualization of a clinical case through the lens of BFST can significantly improve therapeutic outcomes.



The cost is $350 for the series of eight, one-hour lectures. Day & time to be determined.

Continuing Education Credits

Earn 8 CEUs with full-series attendance. Approved for social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor education credits.

Additional Information

Faculty Coordinator: Cecilia Guzman

Participation will require video conferencing capabilities through (at no additional expense). There you can download a free version of the software or head to an app store. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with microphone and video camera are required. Prior to each session, participants will receive by email a meeting ID# and instructions for logging on.

For More Information

Please contact Cecilia Guzman.