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.

2019/2020 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 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:

  • October 25, 2019
  • November 22, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • January 24, 2020
  • February 21, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • April 17, 2020
  • May 15, 2020


Lee S. Gardner, LCSW; Brigitte Heffernan, LCSW


Tuition is $900 if paid in full by October 4, 2019 or $1,000 if paid in two separate payments of $500.  The first payment should be made by October 4, 2019 and the second payment by January 31, 2020.

$150 for one training day.


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

Applications should be mailed to:

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


Straube Center
108 Straube Center Boulevard
Room I-19
Pennington, NJ 08534

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

Click here for application form

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