LEARN ABOUT BOWEN THEORY
Murray Bowen Archives Project
Dr. Murray Bowen left an unprecedented collection of audio and videotapes, letters, original research records, and photographs chronicling his life’s work toward a science of human behavior. This material documents the thinking and research that led to Bowen Theory and includes continued theoretical development until his death in 1990.
Murray Bowen Archives Project will give scientists, researchers, historians, clinicians and the public access to this material. Dr. Bowen’s professional collection is housed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and is currently open to researchers. The Williamsburg Collection features materials from the Bowen home and office which is currently being processed for a move to NLM.
The website provides up to date information about both collections and how you can contribute toward opening the archives for the world. Donations to Murray Bowen Archives Project will assist in preserving and processing the written material, selecting material to be available in digital format, and supporting scholarship drawn on Dr. Bowen’s archives.
The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (formerly Georgetown Family Center)
Dr. Bowen founded The Family Center, now independent of Georgetown University, to be a center for research, study, and practice in this theory. Dr. Michael Kerr became the second director in 1991. The faculty there apply Bowen theory toward problems facing families, organizations, and human society. The Bowen Center Postgraduate Training Program provides ongoing training to professionals from various fields throughout the US and world.
Separating children from their parents while attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States without authorization often also means separation from the family. Both have adverse affects on the children and parents, the family and future generations.
Bowen theory clinicians and educators share some insights on how Bowen's Family Systems Theory has continued to impact the field of mental health for decades, not only in marriage and family therapy, but reaching into other mental health fields, and how it influences current theory, teaching, and interventions.
My most important learning from the readings is a growing appreciation of the interconnectedness of life throwing up questions about the usefulness of the idea of the individual. The other important emphasis from the readings for me was the fragility of balance within the wide variety of these interconnections whether we are describing intimate associations between cells, with symbionts and hosts right through to the balance of the individual with family members.
In an earlier seminar, one of the participants responded to a query, "What would tilt people toward systems thinking?" by stating, "When there is an understanding that "man" is a part of nature; man is part of other living things."