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.

2021/2022 Schedule

Due to Coronavirus distancing measures, all in-person trainings have been suspended for this year. Please reach out to Lee Gardner at to arrange a virtual individualized or small group training.

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 morning program will be a viewing of teaching tapes on a specific concept and relate them to family life and issues of leadership and organizations. Discussion will follow. The afternoon format will provide each trainee the opportunity to apply these concepts to clinical material.

CEUs for this program are provided through NASW NJ. 5 Continuing Contact Hours for one day.

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

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