Southern California Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory


Welcome to Southern California Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory. The program’s mission is to provide education and training to those interested in the principles and concepts developed by Murray Bowen, M.D. The emphasis is on using “systems thinking” as a way to conceptualize human functioning. Bowen theory describes how relationships and emotional processes shape individual behavior and development over time. Understanding and application of Bowen family systems theory’s principles, concepts and ideas can lead to more effective options for managing life’s challenges. The focus is on developing a way of thinking that promotes responsible and thoughtful application of Bowen theory to one’s personal life, clinical work, work settings, and other social systems.

Bowen theory is not a theory about pathology, but about the interaction of variables that produce variation in human functioning.
Kerr & Bowen, 1988

Southern California Education and Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory was established in 1999 by Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774). The program is located in San Diego, CA. and is affiliated with the Bowen Theory Academy in Islesboro, Maine and is a member of the Network Program for the Advancement of Bowen Theory at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. Southern CA Education & Training offers a variety of education and training venues throughout the year and serves as a center for professionals using Bowen theory in their personal and professional lives. Participants in the education and training programs come from a variety of professional backgrounds including mental health, medicine, clergy, business, law, and education. Participation is based primarily on motivation and interest in Bowen Family Systems Theory.

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Upcoming Events

  • Annual Bowen Theory Conference
    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    9 am to 5 pm
    Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS
    Faculty of the Bowen Theory Academy
    LOCATION: Brandman University – IRVINE CAMPUS
    16355 Laguna Canyon Road
    Irvine, CA. 92618
    6.5 CE Credits (PSY/LMFT/LCSW)
  • Ongoing
    Monthly "LIVE" Web Cast Seminar
    September 2014 – June 2015
    Michael Kerr, M.D.
    San Diego
    1.5 CE Credits per seminar (LCSW/LMFT)
  • Ongoing
    Monthly Bowen Theory Consultation Groups
    September 2014 – June 2015
    Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D.
    San Diego, CA.