The Bowen Theory Education Center, Inc.
Training Program

Zoom Format
2020 - 2021

The training program meets four times a year for a full day of lecture and study in Bowen Theory. The student is expected to gain knowledge of Bowen Theory and apply it both personally and professionally. The course is organized so that the student is responsible for his/her own learning through the study of his/her family and reading. Over time the student is expected to demonstrate the integration of Bowen Theory in personal functioning. The Faculty are individuals knowledgeable in Bowen Theory, who strive to apply the theory in their own lives. They will serve as consultants as the students require. Individual consultation will be available upon request. 

The student is expected to attend each session and actively participate in each session (seminar) in its entirety. Each student will be assigned a consultant. On the first day of the course (seminar), each student is expected to present his/her family diagram in order to begin the study of Bowen Theory. There will also be the opportunity to present clinical cases and organizational systems for consultation.

At the end of the course the student has the opportunity to apply for continuing education through the Continuing Education Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The tuition is non-refundable. The fee, $2,000 for 2020-2021 is payable upon acceptance to the course. Tuition includes group consultations (Supervision) at each meeting plus four individual sessions with a Faculty member. If the student wishes additional supervision with the consultant, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange the time and fee with the assigned consultant.

There are three textbooks: The primary textbook is Family Evaluation by Michael E. Kerr and Murray Bowen, Bowen Family Systems Theory by Daniel V. Papero, and The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory by Roberta Gilbert, which can be ordered through via our website Each student is expected to purchase the books and read the assignments posted on the Curriculum Syllabus. Other recommended references will be in a bibliography distributed as part of the course handouts.

To apply for the training program applicants must download and complete the application form in its entirety and mail it to:

Bowen Theory Education Center
6419 Laramie Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Include a family diagram of your own family with your application. An example is available on the last page of the application.

The personal information you submit in the application form will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be sold, distributed or otherwise shared with any other organizations.

The Training Program Session Dates are as follows:

    Session 1: 
Friday, October 23, 2020
    Session 2: Friday, January 22, 2021
    Session 3: Friday, March 26, 2021
    Session 4: 
Friday, May 28, 2021

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