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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 live webinars 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 Dr. Ellen Rogan, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC.


Certificate Program: 100% Online Format

The Basic Certificate Program runs from September through June. You can choose from two cohorts (each with a maximum of eight participants):

  1. Monday Cohort: 10 live webinars, 9:00am-3:30pm, plus 10 two-hour small group supervision sessions
  2. Saturday Cohort: 10 live webinars, 9:0am-3:30pm, plus 10 two-hour small group supervision sessions

To receive the Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory – Basic Program, you must attend all the webinars in your cohort and participate in a monthly small  group supervision session (time TBA). 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 Mondays or 10 Saturdays, September - June
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • 10 Live webinars (9:00am-3:30pm)
  • 10 Two-Hour group supervision sessions (time TBA))
  • Live webcasts with international Bowen experts
CEUs: 75 clinical CE Hours
Please Note:
  • Attendance at all 10 webinars and group supervision sessions is required to earn the Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory – Basic Program
  • Early enrollment is strongly recommended - 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 webinars in the series can be taken without enrolling in the full certificate program. 

Cost: $60per webinar
When: Monthly, September through June, on a Wednesday or Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
CEUs: 5.5 clinical CEUs per webinar
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 webinar enrollment is available online. No application is needed for single-day attendance.
  • Up to two (2) single-day webinars in the year immediately prior to Basic Certificate Program enrollment may be counted towards tuition and workshop attendance.

Register for single day webinars here


Certificate Program Application: Bowen Certificate Application Form 2021-2022

Program Overview: Bowen Series Overview 2021-2022

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