The Princeton Family Center for Education offers training programs in Bowen family systems theory for professionals and non-professionals.


Course Objectives

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Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW, Faculty, The Bowen Center

Bowen family systems theory offers people a way to conceptualize human behavior. It offers a way to think about, and focus on, a more objective way of understanding the relationships in which one lives as well as one's own functioning within these important relationships.

The objectives of each seminar will be to:

  • Understand specific patterns of family and relationship interactions as described by Bowen family systems theory.
  • Choose methods of intervention in assisting families toward desired change.
  • Heighten awareness of the self of the trainee in clinical encounters.
  • Learn to apply system principles of Bowen theory to one's self and to one's family of origin.
  • Acquire a conceptual framework for understanding human functioning.

2022/2023 Schedule

This series of monthly meetings will give trainees an opportunity to study the eight theoretical concepts of Bowen family systems theory. The eight concepts are:

  • Nuclear Family Emotional System
  • Differentiation of Self
  • Triangles
  • Family Projection Process
  • Emotional Cutoff
  • Multigenerational Transmission Process
  • Sibling Position
  • Societal Emotional Process

The Basic training dates are:

  • October 4, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
  • January 10, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • March 7, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • May 2, 2023


Lee S. Gardner, LCSW; Brigitte Heffernan, LCSW

WHEN: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the listed dates.

WHERE: Zoom Online

COST: $600 for the year (8 three-hour sessions and three optional individual supervision sessions).

Contact Lee Gardner ( or 609-203-0162) to indicate your interest.  
Payment shall be made and sent to: Princeton Family Center for Education, PO Box 331, Pennington, NJ 08534 or via Venmo (@Princeton-FamilyCenter) or PayPal.



For more information contact Lee Gardner at or 609-203-0162

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