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Writing Based on Bowen Theory

Seminar Series and Writing Coaching

This online program is designed for individuals with a background in Bowen theory and experience in working toward differentiation of self who want to dedicate time to beginning or continuing writing projects. CSNSF seeks to further quality publications and presentations based in Bowen theory.

Each monthly one-and-a-half-hour seminar will include presentations by Dr. Katie Long with ample time for discussion. Individual writing coaching sessions will be scheduled each month. A two-hour session at the end provides the opportunity to present work for discussion.


Seminar Series and Writing Coaching

Central Elements of Writing Based in Bowen The

Module 1

This module will frame writing for publication in the context of relationships between writer and readers and as an opportunity for differentiation of self. It will address how to organize and present content to engage readers as well as how reactivity can raise obstacles. Dr. Katie Long will offer resources and techniques for beginning and experienced writers.

Avenues to Publication

Module 2

Survey the changing and expanding the landscape of professional and popular publishing and help participants tailor their goals for publication. It will look at best practices for various online and print venues. Dr. Katie Long and guest presenters will discuss approaches to getting the desired message to appropriate audiences, how online presence can support print publication, and the emotional processes and challenges to differentiation involved in bringing one’s thought to publication.

More than Words: Oral Presentations

Module 3

Dr. Katie Long will address careful organization and word choice for engaging an audience as well as attention to emotional elements of the “live” setting. And link Dr. Long to her bio as you have done in the others.


Online Clinical Consultation Seminar

Up to 6 participants.
2.5 hours once a month via Zoom
from September 2019 – December 2019
and January 2020 – June 2020
The exact day and time will be determined by participants who will likely be in a variety of time zones.

Online Clinical Consultation Seminar

Bowen Theory and Differentiation of Self As the Basis for Therapy

CSNSF will offer a monthly 2.5-hour seminar in a Zoom Room for clinicians to present challenging cases or research projects based upon their practice of Bowen family systems psychotherapy. Assigned reading in Family Therapy in Clinical Practice by Murray Bowen will highlight guidelines for therapists to discuss or illustrate. The Family Diagram and Family Research as Tools for Differentiation of Self by Victoria Harrison will be a springboard for discussing the challenges of practice based on extended family work as central for differentiation of self.

Presentations will be made to the faculty person while others observe and collect their thoughts and questions. Discussion will be open to others and then concluded by the faculty person. Two or three participants will present each session. Participants can plan to present every other month. There will be a stretch break in the middle of the seminar.

Participants will prepare a family diagram to accompany the presentation. Privacy and confidentiality will be maintained. No names or identifying information will be used. Participants will be responsible for obtaining a signed release if necessary.

The Online Clinical Consultation Seminar is designed for therapists who have attended the Bowen Center Postgraduate Program or a regional training program, who have participated in coaching for their own family work and who have an active clinical practice. Up to 6 participants.

Two and ½ hours once a month online via Zoom: September 27, October 25, November 22, and December 20, 2019, and January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 29 and June 26, 2020. The exact day and time will be determined by participants who will likely be in a variety of time zones.


Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT, will chair the Consultation Seminar through CSNSF, the educational program in Bowen theory she directs in Texas. Ms. Harrison has served as faculty and clinical consultant in the Bowen Center Postgraduate Program, which she directed from 2003-2008 and again from 2011-2015. She began to study Bowen theory in 1975 and had the advantage of supervision with Dr. Bowen and early faculty such as Roberta Holt and Kathleen Kerr. She continues to present her own clinical work at Bowen Center Faculty Case Conferences.

Her articles about clinical work include “A Wider Lens: Bowen Theory and a Natural Systems View of Symptoms” in Family Systems Forum, Volume XV, Number 2, p.3 and “The Difference Bowen Theory Makes in Clinical Practice: Challenges and Choices” in Family Systems, A Journal of Natural Systems Thinking in Psychiatry and the Sciences, Spring 2018, 13:2

Cost: $1,000.00 for the year can be paid by Check to CSNSF at 729 Rutland, Houston, TX 77007 or by Credit Card at www.csnsf.org. Payment plans can be discussed.

Registration: Open immediately to the first 6 appropriate clinicians. Registration is for 10 months. The sessions will not be recorded. Please contact Victoria Harrison at vaharrison@csnsf.org to register.

Bowen Theory Academy Webcast Series
Monthly Webcast

Presented by Michael Kerr, MD

This monthly 90-minute presentation and discussion will feature Michael Kerr, MD, Director of Bowen Theory Academy, or Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS, Bowen Theory Academy Faculty. The 2019-2020 series will include lectures by Dr. Kerr and Mrs. Kerr that illustrate how theoretical concepts and principles guide the thinking of the clinician.

Bowen theory concepts describe the family as a network of interlocking relationships within a multi-generational framework. The webcasts are designed to illustrate the interplay of Bowen theory and its applications. This webcast series is primarily for helping professionals who base their work in Bowen theory who want to build upon “systems thinking.” It can be useful as well for family members who participate in family systems psychotherapy.

Michael Kerr, MD

Michael Kerr, MD is a family psychiatrist who worked with Murray Bowen for more than twenty years and succeeded Dr. Bowen as Director of Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (originally the Georgetown University Family Center) in 1990. Dr. Kerr has been Emeritus Director of the Bowen Center since January 2011 and is now living in Maine where he founded Bowen Theory Academy with three colleagues. He continues a clinical practice, presents at conferences around the country, and writes about Bowen theory and its applications. He is the author of Family Evaluation, with an afterword by Murray Bowen. (1988) And Michael Kerr, MD is writing a second book, Bowen Theory’s Secrets, available in 2019. Dr. Kerr’s research interests include cancer and family emotional process, the relationship between human emotional process and emotional process in other species, and the process of differentiation of self.

Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS

Kathleen Kerr, MSN, MA, CNS, is a nurse clinical-specialist and has had a private practice since 1975. She was on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family from 1978 to 2012. She is a founding Board member of the Bowen Theory Academy where she coordinates the Family History Database Project, which collects multiple multi-generational family histories to study basic concepts in Bowen theory.

Her research interests have included: aging and the family, applying Bowen theory to organizations, the different kinds of systems thinking, mother-offspring relationships, healthcare and applying Bowen theory in the emergency room. She has been given access to the data from the longitudinal research on chimpanzees begun by Jane Goodall, Ph.D. to research the effect of mother-offspring relationships on adult behavior.

Location: CSNSF Classroom at 729 Rutland, Houston, TX
Dates and Time: 12:30 PM– 2:00 PM


  • September 20, 2019
  • October 18, 2019
  • November 15, 2019
  • December 6, 2019
  • January 17, 2020
  • February 21, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 17, 2020
  • May 15, 2020
  • June 19, 2020

Cost: $50.00 per conference or $400 for the year. (Scholarships are available.)

Registration is limited to 10. Please contact Victoria Harrison at vaharrison@csnsf.org to discuss registration. You may register for one or several or for the year.