KC Center for Family Systems
Postgraduate Education & Training Series 2022-2023
Distance Learning is Available!
A Unique, Concentrated Course of Study
The Series is a unique, concentrated course of learning and study of Bowen family systems theory with presentations by KC Center faculty and national guest lecturers. Participants are individuals with Master’s or Doctorate degrees from a broad range of professional backgrounds who’ve had some exposure to Bowen family systems theory. Participation is not limited only to mental and health professionals.
A Distinctly Different Theory
Bowen family systems theory is notably different from the long practiced and widely held individual, cause and effect way of thinking and
approach to treating symptoms. Systems theory is a theory of human behavior and can be applied to all human problems.
The Family Emotional Unit
Bowen theory describes how families function. Murray Bowen, M.D., identified the family as an emotional unit with patterned ways of interaction with various degrees of intensity. These repetitive ways of relating throughout an individual’s developmental years result in automatic ways of functioning especially under pressure. The family emotional system then is seen as the primary regulator of individual and family functioning.
Consistent with All Natural Systems
Bowen sought interdisciplinary dialogue with other natural systems researchers and scientists to keep the theory open to new scientific findings and consistent with how all-natural systems function. Dr. Bowen made clear the theory would either be found to be consistent with all natural systems or would need to be modified. Toward that end Series presentations often include scientific information and participants are encouraged to question theoretical concepts and ideas given their own family and clinical experience as well as current scientific information.
The Training Series’ overall objective is to assist individuals in the study and understanding of Bowen family systems theory. The Series encourages the practice of systems thinking and provides opportunities to apply theory in one’s personal and professional lives. The learning and application of theory often come with increased self-awareness and more mature, thoughtful functioning that has an eye to the long-term best interest of self as well as that of the family and/or organization.