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Online Clinical Consultation Seminar

Up to 6 participants.
2.5 hours once a month via Zoom
from September 2020 – December 2020
and January 2021 – June 2021
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. 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.

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.