Course Overview

This course is about the world of late Murray Bowen, M.D. and how he came to discover the “family as an emotional unit”. Moreover, it is about the “theory” of human behavior composed by Dr. Bowen during his relentless pursuit to observe the “human parade” of families who gave him a lifetime of opportunities to see, clearly and anew, how they functioned.

This course is not to teach you about how to treat your clients. It is rather, a course of how to treat your thinking about your clients. It is a course about you and me coming to understand ourselves within our own families and experiences. Learning a theory about the practice of understanding self within family may in time afford the professional the disciplined experience of “coaching” others in the same.

In this course you will learn only the basics of the Bowen Theory. Where you take it from there is for your future endeavors of being mentored in its practice.

  • Classes 1 & 2 presents a quick review of the history, development and overview of the Bowen Theory
  • Class 3 presents Biological Systems Thinking as it relates to the Bowen Theory.
  • Classes 4 & 5 explores the interconnected components of the eight concepts of the Bowen Theory as it stands at its current state in its evolution.
  • Class 6 introduces Dr. Walter Toman’s work and its applicability to the family as an emotional unit.
  • Class 7 explores the organizing facts of information as it relates to the theory.
  • Classes 8 & 9 opens an understanding on the theory’s use for the therapist in one’s own family, as an opportunity for clinical assessment, and as a theory for assisting clients to gain a knowledge of self and family.
  • Class 10 involves a discussion of the evolving Theory of Human Behavior and its scope of application.

The structure of the course is set to bring about class participation and interaction. During the experience there will be three to four guests who will present their thoughts about their work with the Bowen Theory. These guests hope for (thrive on) class questions and interaction.

I welcome you to the Bowen Theory class and look forward to working with you.

All the best!

Dr. Richard B. McCune