Up to 6 Participants
3 Hours One Friday a month for 12 months
September 2021 – August 2022
(Exact date and time TBD given various time zones)

Fee: $1200 for 12 monthly 3-hour seminars
(Please speak to Victoria Harrison about payment plans
or scholarships.)
CEU’s available in SW, LMFT, and LPC.


  • 3:00 – 3:45 Presentation & Discussion: Victoria Harrison
  • 3:45 – 4:10 Clinical Presentation # 1 (25 minutes)
  • 4:10 – 4:40 Discussion (30 minutes)
  • 4:40 – 4:50 Break
  • 4:50 – 5:15 Presentation # 2 (25 minutes)
  • 5:15– 5:45 Discussion (30 minutes)
  • 5:45 – 6:00 Conclusion

CSNSF will offer a monthly 3 hour seminar in a Zoom Room for therapists or consultants who aim to establish and strengthen their foundation in Bowen family systems theory. Both therapists who are beginning to study Bowen theory and those who have studied for years may make use of this seminar. Participants may be attending another training program in Bowen theory or may have attended the Bowen Center Postgraduate Program or another regional training program. They must be active in their own coaching and family work. They must have a clinical or consultation practice from which to present.

Victoria Harrison will organize a monthly presentation and discussion based upon topics that address common challenges in shifting from conventional therapy to principles for practice based in Bowen family systems theory. The differences in therapy practice and process will be described and discussed using recommended reading and presentations as the springboard for thinking.

Monthly reading will be assigned from:
Murray Bowen. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice
Murray Bowen. Commitment to Principles The Letters of Murray Bowen MD collected and annotated by Clarence Boyd
Victoria Harrison. The Family Diagram and Family Research: Tools for Differentiation of Self
Murray Bowen. The GAP Report

Two participants will present challenging and interesting clinical cases, research, or consultation each session, with ample time for discussion. Each of six participants can present 4 times over the year.

Presentation will include a focus on: What it is you want to accomplish with this presentation? What challenge does this case represent? What do you find interesting? Do you have a particular question about working with this family? What research question does this presentation raise for you? Presenters will develop a family diagram or other illustrations for their presentations.

The presentation structure will be based on the Bowen Center Postgraduate Program supervision process that Dr. Bowen established. One person will present to the seminar chair, Victoria Harrison, for 25 minutes. Observers will direct comments or questions to the chair, who will turn them over to the presenter for comment and continued thinking.

Every presentation will be private and confidential. Registration indicates agreement that you will not talk about presentations outside the seminar itself. Please conceal the identity of cases you present.

Zoom will be the online program for the Consultation Seminar. Please download Zoom, if you do not have it on your computer. You will need a high speed Internet service.


Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT, will chair Bowen Theory in Clinical Practice Seminar through CSNSF, the educational program she directs in Texas. Ms. Harrison has served as faculty, clinical consultant, coach and supervisor for Bowen Center Postgraduate Program, which she directed from 2003-2008 and again from 2011-2015. She began to study Bowen theory there in 1975 and added the use of biofeedback and later neurofeedback for research and for self-regulation of emotional reactivity through The Family Center Biofeedback Program under the direction of Lillian Rosenbaum. Ms. Harrison draws upon research in physiological reactivity, anxiety and evolution, as well as upon her own ongoing family work in teaching and consulting.

Her publications about clinical work include “A Wider Lens: Bowen Theory and a Natural Systems View of Symptoms” and other articles in Family Systems Forum 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 2019, 13:2.

Cost: $1,200.00 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 12 months. The sessions will not be recorded. Please contact Victoria Harrison at vaharrison@csnsf.org to register.

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 on Bowen theory.

Three one-and-a-half-hour seminars will include presentations by Dr. Katie Long with ample time for discussion. Individual writing coaching sessions will be scheduled each month.

Central Elements of Writing Based on Bowen Theory will frame writing for publication in the context of relationships and opportunities for differentiation of self. It will address how to use writing for learning and how to organize and present content in ways that engage readers. The discussion will focus on how emotional reactivity can present obstacles to writers, editors, publishers, and readers. Resources and techniques for beginning and for experienced writers will be included. The first three seminars will include time for questions and discussion. The last two-hour session provides an opportunity for participants to present work for discussion.

Cost: $500.00 Scholarships Available upon Discussion with Victoria Harrison


The Rev. Katie Long, DMin, serves on the CSNSF Board and has edited Family Systems Forum since June 2004. She developed and teaches seminars on Writing Based in Bowen Theory, which explore writing for publication and presenting as opportunities for differentiation of self. She brings wide experience in writing and editing to teaching and coaching the tasks of writing that take into account the emotional context and challenges.

Dr. Long holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the School of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Divinity is from St. Mary’s Seminary of St. Thomas University, Houston. She earned her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. After studying Bowen theory for several years through CSNSF, she participated in the Postgraduate Program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family for five years. She teaches Bowen theory and applications in ministry in various settings.


Seminar Series and Writing Coaching

Central Elements of Writing Based in Bowen Theory

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.

More than Words: Oral Presentations

Coming in 2022

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.