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Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory

Basic Program Certificate Description

Bowen Family Systems Theory, for decades a staple in social services, counseling and ministry education and practice, provides a conceptual framework – consistent with 21st century evolutionary thinking and recent findings in the natural and neuro-sciences – for understanding human behavior, families, organizations, and human society as dynamic living multigenerational emotional systems.

Due to its accessible assessment approach, the extraordinary breadth of its application, and congruence with the natural and neuro-sciences, Bowen theory is regarded as an important and substantive social-behavioral theory that provides clinicians with a clear map for assessing and working with individuals, couples, and families.

This certificate basic program is designed for individuals who want to develop a solid understanding of: Bowen theory, its natural science foundations, a systems thinking approach to emotional symptoms, physical symptoms, and human behavior; and how to use this theory to manage self in professional endeavors and personal life. Each of the 10 full-day workshops examines one of the theory’s eight interlocking concepts or one or more of the theory’s underlying hypotheses.

The workshop series, co-facilitated by Charles White, LCSW, LCADC ( and Ellen Rogan, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC.


Certificate Program Format

The Basic Certificate Program runs from September through June. You can choose from two cohorts:

  1. Friday Cohort: 10 day-long workshops/supervision, (Maximum of eight participants)
  2. Saturday Cohort: 10 day-long workshops/supervision, (Maximum of eight participants)

To receive the Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory – Basic Program, you must attend all the workshops in your cohort and participate in a small  group supervision session held immediately after each day-long workshop. Participants not enrolled in the Basic Certificate Program, can take individual workshops in the series. Those who attend all 10 day-long workshops and supervision components of the Basic Program can enroll in a similarly structured Advanced Program beginning the next academic year.

Learning opportunities include: presentations, theory and practice video segments, case study assessments,and participation in a 90-minute live webcast with a practitioner-scholar who is renown in the worldwide Bowen theory network for his or her research, writing, presenting, and clinical work on the Bowen theory concept being examined in that workshop.


Basic Certificate Program

Cost: $2,500
When: 10 Fridays or 10 Saturdays, September - June
Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm
  • 10 full-day workshops (9:30am-4pm)
  • 10 group supervision sessions (4:15pm-6pm)
CEUs: 75 clinical CE Hours
Please Note:
  • Attendance at all 10 day-long and all the individual and group supervision sessions is required to earn the Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory – Basic Program
  • Early enrollment is strongly recommended in that both cohorts programs are limited to eight participants each
  • An Advanced Program is offered to those who have attended all 10 Basic Program workshops and supervision sessions
  • Discounts cannot be applied to this certificate program
  • NOTE: An application must be completed prior to participation in the Institute-Level Program. See link below:


Single Day Workshops

Individual workshops in the series can be taken without enrolling in the full certificate program. 

Cost: $129 per workshop
When: Monthly, September through June, on a Friday or Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
CEUs: 5.5 clinical CEUs per workshop
Please Note:
  • You can take any session individually wiothout committing to the full certificate program.
  • Supervision sessions are not included or offered as part of single-day workshop(s)
  • Single Workshop enrollment is available online or via the catalog registration form. No application is needed for single-day attendance.
  • Up to two (2) single-day workshops in the year immediately prior to Basic Certificate Program enrollment may be counted towards tuition and workshop attendance.

Register for single day workshops here


Certificate Program Application: 2019-2020 Application

Bowen Program Overview: Download an overview

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