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

Training for Clergy, Religious Leaders & Pastoral Counselors

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.
  • Learn to apply system principles of Bowen theory to one's self and to one's family of origin.
  • Gain confidence in managing self in emotional chaos, stirred up congregations, conflicted relationships, static organizations, shrinking denominations, and family disruptions.
  • Acquire a conceptual framework for understanding human functioning.

2019/2020 Schedule

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

The training dates are:

  • September 30, 2019
  • October 28, 2019
  • November 25, 2019
  • January 27, 2020
  • February 24, 2020
  • March 23, 2020
  • April 27, 2020
  • May 18, 2020


Julie Bergdahl, MDiv; Lee S. Gardner, LCSW, Brigitte Heffernan, LCSW


Tuition is $800 if paid in full by September 23, 2019 or $900 if paid in two separate payments of $450.  The first payment should be made by September 23, 2019 and the second payment by February 17, 2020.

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Applications should be mailed to:

Lee Gardner, LCSW
Princeton Family Center for Education Inc.
PO Box 331
Pennington, NJ 08534


9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.



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

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