Bowen Theory and Mindfulness Study Group

At Bowen Theory and Mindfulness, the 2016 Center for Family Consultation (CFC) Summer Conference, six practitioners of Bowen Theory presented on commonalities and differences in these two bodies of knowledge, including the Bowen theory concept of differentiation of self, and the core principle of chronic anxiety. The conference grew out of a CFC study group on the topic that began in 2014. It stimulated thought among presenters and CFC faculty.

As a follow-up to the conference, CFC is offering a self-directed study group to examine mindfulness and meditation theory and practices through the lenses of Bowen Theory, including the applicable neuroscience in 2017. This video-conference will offer a forum for development, presentation, and discussion of individual study projects for professional use.

Study Group Mission

To develop scholarly work that explores mindfulness and meditation through the lenses of Bowen theory and objective science.

Operating Assumptions

  1. The group will be a forum for those with a keen interest in the theory and practice of Bowen theory, mindfulness and meditation, including their relationship to neuroscience.
  2. Members will explore parallels and distinctions among Bowen theory, mindfulness, and meditation theory and practice.
  3. Each member will work toward defining a scholarly project for professional use or presentation in some format and forum. “Scholarly” work is defined as literature review, presentation and refining of ideas, writing, research, and the like.
  4. Members will develop definitions of key terms from Bowen theory, mindfulness and meditation for themselves.
  5. The meetings will not emphasize working towards consensus between members.


Study Group Logistics


FRIDAYS, 2pm to 4pm CST
The study group will meet six times in 2017 via video conference on: March 24th, April 14th, June 2nd, September 8th, October 13th, and November 17th.


Group is limited to 8 individuals.

Video Format

CFC will provide video technology to support the scheduled study group meetings via the internet using the application. Participants must have a computer or mobile device with a camera to access the video conference.

Google Drive

CFC will host a shared Google drive folder to allow participants to share copies of their presentations, notes, ideas, articles, etc., and to provide a space for sign-up sheets that participants can use to schedule time to present their work at study group meetings.

Meeting Structure

Each participant is expected to present his work to the group at least once during the year. Presenters have 20 minutes to report on their project, followed by a facilitated discussion among the members. Presenters may offer pre-reading assignments prior to their presentation.



Registration is now closed. The cost for registration is $200.00. The study group is limited to 8 individuals.

Includes 12 credit hours (CEUs) for:

  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors/Clinical Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists


More Info

For further information about the conference, please contact the CFC program coordinators: Lisa Moss or Leslie Fox.