The Vermont Center for Family Studies

Dr. Ann Bunting moved to Vermont in 1985 from Washington, D. C. In 1989, she began running monthly clinical conferences and a monthly supervision seminar for those people interested in learning more about Bowen family systems theory and its applications. By 1997, a number of people who studied with her had also received training from the post graduate program at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. In December of 1997, she invited 17 people to discuss forming a non-profit organization called the Vermont Center for Family Studies, which was then established by a core group of those people in 1998. Mercy Burton Russell was VCFS's founding president. The VCFS has developed a range of programs for teaching Bowen theory and its applications in Vermont.